Definition of purposive:
Synonyms for purposive:
He was unwilling to allow a soul to any creature below man, so nothing seemed left to him save to maintain that the brutes are machines without consciousness, and that their apparently purposive actions are to be classed with such human movements as the sudden closing of the eye when it is threatened with the hand.- "An Introduction to Philosophy", George Stuart Fullerton.
- "The Confessions of a Beachcomber", E J Banfield.
Before passing on to deal, in our concluding section, with the great fact of order, let us briefly compare with the foregoing explanation of nature and its laws the attempt of mechanists to explain these without recognizing in the physical universe any influence of final causes, or any indication of a purposive intelligence.- "Ontology or the Theory of Being", Peter Coffey.