Definitions for destructivedɪˈstrʌk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•struc•tivedɪˈstrʌk tɪv(adj.)

  1. tending to destroy; causing much damage:

    bacteria destructive of tooth enamel.

  2. tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit; negative (opposed to constructive):

    destructive criticism.

Origin of destructive:

1480–90; < MF < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructive(adj)

    causing destruction or much damage

    "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. destructive(adjective)ɪˈstrʌk tɪv

    damaging or harmful

    the destructive forces of nature; destructive behavior


  1. destructive(Adjective)

    Causing destruction; damaging.

  2. destructive(Adjective)

    Causing break down or disassembly.

    Catabolism is a destructive metabolism which involves the break down of molecules and release of energy.

  3. Origin: From destructivus, from past participle of destruo + -ivus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destructive(adj)

    causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth

  2. Destructive(noun)

    one who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist

Translations for destructive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


causing or able to cause destruction

Small children can be very destructive.

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