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English definition of “purposeful”

purposeful

adjective uk   /ˈpɜː.pəs.fəl/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
showing that you know what you want to do: He has a quiet, purposeful air.Strong-willed
purposefully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
He strode purposefully into the room.Strong-willed
purposefulness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Strength of will and determination
(Definition of purposeful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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