Pronunciation: (kun-struk'tiv), [key]
1. constructing or tending to construct; helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive): constructive criticism.
2. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of construction; structural.
3. deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential: constructive permission.
4. Law.denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.
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