Con*struct"ive(?), a. [Cf. F. constructif.] 1. Having ability to construct or form; employed in construction; as, to exhibit constructive power.
The constructive fingers of Watts.Emerson.
2. Derived from, or depending on, construction, inference, or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred.
3. helpful; promoting improvement; intended to help; as,
constructive suggestions. Contrasted with
(Law), acts having effects analogous to those of some statutory or common law crimes; as, constructive treason. Constructive crimes are no longer recognized by the courts. --
Constructive notice, notice imputed by construction of law. --
Constructive trust, a trust which may be assumed to exist, though no actual mention of it be made.
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