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pur·pose·ful

purposeful

 
pronunciation:
puhr ps fl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having a purpose.
He walked to work in a purposeful way.
synonyms:
deliberate, intentional
similar words:
conscious
definition 2: having or showing determination.
She made a purposeful effort to do well in school.
synonyms:
determined, intent
similar words:
decisive, diligent, earnest, fixed, forceful, persistent, steadfast
derivations: purposefully (adv.), purposefulness (n.)
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The word purposeful contains the following parts:
-ful1 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means full of
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The suffix -ful1 attaches to native English nouns to form adjectives.