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    Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Hi there,

    Would you please kindly give me some common adjectives used when referring to a person who is 'useful' for their society? (Say, we're talking about an educational system which is so effective that educates children who WILL become ..................... in their future.)

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    I think they will become helpful to the society, but I am a teacher.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    It doesn't use an adjective, but I would say "They will contribute (a lot) to society". If you really must use an adjective, I would use either helpful or useful.

    Note that Matthew's suggestion should say "helpful to society" (no "the").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Could we say that they'll become "engaged citizens"?
    Or maybe "enterprising" ones?


    (I am not a teacher as well.)
    Last edited by Meja; 16-Aug-2015 at 12:16.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    "engaged citizens."
    Which definition below are you referring to?
    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...kiePolicy=true

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Would you please kindly
    I would omit 'kindly' due to redundancy, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Matthew Wai,
    I certainly do not refer to a busy telephone line or to an occupied toilet. I also do not think that two people who decide to get engaged and later married will be more useful and helpful for their community because of that. Therefore, my usage of engaged is closest to the first definition. As far as I know, an engaged citizen should be a person who is not passive and who is willing to be engaged in social activities and get involved in community affairs. I see that it does not exist as a phrase in dictionaries. However, I have heard it many times and I asked if it could be appropriate here.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Another adjective I can think of is "being civic-conscious".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    I haven't been able to find 'civic-conscious', but I have found 'civic-minded' in some dictionaries here: http://www.onelook.com/?w=civic-mind...ome_ac_Civic-m

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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I haven't been able to find 'civic-conscious', but I have found 'civic-minded' in some dictionaries here: http://www.onelook.com/?w=civic-mind...ome_ac_Civic-m
    Civic-conscious is the same as civic-minded.

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...8182600AAkYLid
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    Re: Adjectives meaning 'useful', for people

    Is an engaged citizen or a civic-minded person necessarily helpful or useful to society?

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