What does destructive mean?

Definitions for destructivedɪˈstrʌk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructive(adj)

    causing destruction or much damage

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

Wiktionary

  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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of destructive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of destructive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Millicent Fenwick:

    Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.

  2. William Henry Harrison:

    There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.

  3. John W. Gardner:

    Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

  4. Stephen Hawking:

    I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.

  5. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    There are destructive winds, rain, flooding, landslides, sea surges and very rough seas and the storm is exceedingly destructive there, we are still assessing the situation, but we stand ready to assist.

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