con·struc·tive /kən-'strək-tiv/ adj: created by a legal fiction: as
a: inferred by a judicial construction or interpretation
b: not actual but implied by operation of the law
made a constructive entry when he refused to take the opportunity for a voluntary departureHarvard Law Review compare actual
con·struc·tive·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (creative) adjective advantageous, applicable, causative, contributive, convenient, cooperative, desirable, developmental, effective, effectual, efficient, fabricative, favorable, formative, generative, helpful, important, improving, instrumental, invaluable, operative, originative, practical, productive, profitable, resultant, serviceable, significant, stimulating, suitable, usable, useful, valuable, worthy, yielding II (inferential) adjective apparent, assumable, conceivable, connoted, constructional, implicative, implicatory, implicit, implied, implied in law, in effect, in essence, in practice, indicated, indirect, indirectly meant, inferable, inferred, inferred in law, insinuated, involved, parallel, potential, pragmatic, presumable, presumed, probable, seeming, suggested, supposable, tacit, tacitly assumed, tantamount to, understood, virtual associated concepts: constructive contempt, constructive contract, constructive control, constructive conversion, constructive delivery, constructive desertion, constructive escape, constructive eviction, constructive force, constructive fraud, constructive gift, constructive intent, constructive knowledge, constructive malice, constructive mortgage, constructive notice, constructive possession, constructive receipt, constructive total loss, constructive trespass, constructive trust, constructively present III index beneficial, causative, interpretive, productive, virtual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Implied or inferred; inferred by construing facts in a particular way.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

a legal fiction for treating a situation as if it were actually so. (See also: constructive fraud, constructive eviction, constructive notice, constructive possession)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Something that, while not actually true, is imputed by the law to exist or to have occurred and treated as if it were actually so. For example, to say "I'm giving you my car" and to turn over the car keys would probably be considered a constructive delivery of the vehicle itself.
-constructive bailment (=>> bailment)
-constructive contempt(=>> contempt)
-constructive delivery (=>> delivery)
-constructive service (=>> service)

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

That which exists, not in fact, but as a result of the operation of law. That which takes on a character as a consequence of the way it is treated by a rule or policy of law, as opposed to its actual character.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

That which exists, not in fact, but as a result of the operation of law. That which takes on a character as a consequence of the way it is treated by a rule or policy of law, as opposed to its actual character.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a legal fiction for treating a situation as if it were actually so. Some examples help to clarify this term: a) although Jeremiah Gotrocks does not have the jewelry in his possession, he has the key to the safe deposit box and the right to enter so he has "constructive possession"; b) although there is no written trust document, George Holder has picked up $10,000 in bearer bonds from the post office box of his niece Tess Truehart, who gave him her post office box combination while she was traveling in Europe-this makes Holder her "constructive trustee."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • constructive — in general use means ‘helpful, positive’, as in constructive criticism. In this meaning it is the opposite of destructive. In legal language it is often applied to ‘what in the eye of the law amounts to the act or condition specified’ (OED), and… …   Modern English usage

  • constructive — [kən struk′tiv] adj. [ML constructivus] 1. helping to construct; leading to improvements or advances; formative; positive [constructive criticism] 2. of construction or structure 3. inferred or implied by legal or judicial interpretation… …   English World dictionary

  • constructive — early 15c., derived by interpretation, from M.Fr. constructif or from M.L. constructivus, from L. construct , pp. stem of construere to heap up (see CONSTRUCTION (Cf. construction)). Meaning pertaining to construction is from 1817; having the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • constructive — *implicit, virtual Analogous words: inferential, ratiocinative (see under INFERENCE): implied, involved (see INCLUDE) Antonyms: manifest Contrasted words: express, *explicit, definite: *evident, patent, obvious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • constructive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) serving a useful purpose. 2) Law derived by inference; not stated explicitly. DERIVATIVES constructively adverb constructiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • constructive — That which is established by the mind of the law in its act of construing facts, conduct, circumstances, or instruments. That which has not the character assigned to it in its own essential nature, but acquires such character in consequence of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • constructive — ● constructif, constructive adjectif (bas latin constructivus) Qui est apte à faire progresser une situation, qui manifeste une efficacité pratique : Critique constructive. ● constructif, constructive (difficultés) adjectif (bas latin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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