constructive

If you have a constructive idea about how to improve society, you should share it. Something that is constructive brings about improvement and growth.

Constructive is an adjective associated with encouraging development, physical or otherwise. It is the opposite of destructive, which means "tending to destroy." If you are a constructive member of a community, you are a positive force, interested in building up and improving your community. You’ll often hear this word used in the phrase "constructive criticism," which refers to helpful criticism intended to encourage improvement. Negative criticism, in contrast, is just intended to show a person they're wrong.

Definitions of constructive
  1. adjective
    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development
    constructive criticism”
    “a constructive attitude”
    “a constructive philosophy”
    constructive permission”
    Synonyms:
    creative
    promoting construction or creation
    formative, plastic, shaping
    forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning
    formative
    capable of forming new cells and tissues
    inferential
    based on interpretation; not directly expressed
    reconstructive, rehabilitative
    helping to restore to good condition
    structural
    concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study
    positive
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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    Antonyms:
    destructive
    causing destruction or much damage
    annihilating, annihilative, devastating, withering
    wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
    blasting, ruinous
    causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin
    cataclysmal, cataclysmic
    severely destructive
    caustic, corrosive, erosive, mordant, vitriolic
    of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
    crushing, devastating
    physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination
    damaging, negative
    designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
    erosive
    wearing away by friction
    iconoclastic
    destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited
    ravaging
    ruinously destructive and wasting
    soul-destroying
    destructive to the spirit or soul
    wasteful
    laying waste
    harmful
    causing or capable of causing harm
    negative
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
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  2. adjective
    emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good
    constructive criticism”
    Synonyms:
    positive
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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