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If one has a goal, then one can say that certain activities make progress towards that goal, lead to completion of the goal.

Is there a concise word for "is relevant to, makes progress towards [a goal]?"


Examples:

We can say something that does not make progress is "irrelevant," or "orthogonal." But to say that something "is relevant to" a goal does not convey a strong sense of direct involvement and utility.

The ideal level of strength for the word is equivalent to "makes direct progress towards" if not "completes a necessary requirement of."

We want to say something like "I want to become a doctor, and going to medical school makes progress towards becoming a doctor. Medical school is a (progressive?) activity."

Words like "advance" and "benefit" are close but seem too awkward or general:

  • "I want to become a doctor, and going to medical school advances becoming a doctor. Medical school is an (...advanciful? Kidding.) activity."
  • "I want to become a dcotor, and going to medical school benefits becoming a doctor. Medical school is a (benenficial?) activity.
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try progressional

2 a : the action or process of progressing : advance

or contributory? or

Helping to bring about a result.

or contributive

Tending to contribute; contributing; having the power or quality of giving a portion of aid or influence; furnishing a joint part or share.

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You could try requisite:

I want to become a doctor ... Medical school is a requisite activity.

Or perhaps developmental

I want to become a doctor ... To that end, medical school is a developmental activity.

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You could use germane, a bit stronger than relevant.

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Perhaps this may go some way to furthering your goal.

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...This is actually surprisingly good. Thanks! –  elliot42 May 14 '11 at 1:29

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