Legal Definition and Related Resources of Constructive

Meaning of Constructive

Used in contrast to the word actual ; a fiction . That which the law deems or construes as existing; a right , liability or status without reference to the intention of the parties . Thus, constructive trust arises when a stranger to a trust already constituted is held by the court to be bound in good faith and in conscience by the trust in consequence of his conduct and behavior . Such conduct or behavior the court construes as involving him in the duties and responsibilities of a trustee , although but for such conduct and behavior he would be a stranger to the trust.

Constructive Alternative Definition

That which amounts, in the view of the law, to an act, although the act itself is not really performed. For words under this head, such as “constructive fraud,” etc., see the various titles, “Fraud,” etc.

Synonyms of Constructive

(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

(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

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Actual, Aid And Abet, Bailment, Constructive Fraud, Constructive Knowledge, Constructive Trust, Contempt Of Court, Contract, Delivery, Fraud, Implied Contract, Judgment In Rem, , , Notice, Possession, Seisin, Symbolic Delivery, Total Loss.


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Constructive in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of constructive.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Policeman
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Constructive

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Constructive : adj.

Describing anything that is deemed by law to exist or to have happened, even though that is not in fact the case.

United States Tax Concept of Constructive Receipt

A tax rule that taxes income which is not received by you but which you may draw upon. You have received income when it is available to you, regardless of whether you actually take possession of it.


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