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Definitions for destructive
dɪˈstrʌk tɪvde·struc·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructiveadjective

    causing destruction or much damage

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


  1. destructiveadjective

    Causing destruction; damaging.

  2. destructiveadjective

    Causing break down or disassembly.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Destructiveadjective

    Etymology: destructivus, low Latin.

    In ports and roads remote,
    Destructive fires among whole fleets we send. Dryden.

    One may think, by the name duration, that the continuation of existence, with a kind of resistance to any destructive force, is the continuation of solidity. John Locke.

    He will put an end to so absurd a practice, which makes our most refined diversions destructive of all politeness. Addis.

    Both are defects equally destructive of true religion. John Rogers.

    In a firm building, even the cavities ought not to be filled with rubbish which is of a perishable kind, destructive to the strength. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.

    Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us; because it is equally destructive to that temper which is necessary to the preservation of life. John Locke.


  1. destructive

    Destructive refers to causing significant harm, damage, or disruption to something, often beyond repair. This could relate to physical items, emotional states, relationships, environments, or larger societal structures. Additionally, in the field of software testing, it denotes tests intended to cause a system or component to fail in order to evaluate its robustness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destructiveadjective

    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. Destructivenoun

    one who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist

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  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

Examples of destructive in a Sentence

  1. Prince Turki al-Faisal:

    They are equally threatening, and one feeds off the other, both of them are equally vicious, equally treacherous, and equally destructive.

  2. Philip Goulder:

    HIV adaptation to the most effective immune responses we can make against it comes at a significant cost to its ability to replicate, anything we can do to increase the pressure on HIV in this way may allow scientists to reduce the destructive power of HIV over time.

  3. William Cobbett:

    Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of speculation; but which ought to be called Gambling.

  4. Jason Crow:

    Mexico's retaliatory tariffs will hurt Coloradans, and the blame here lies squarely with President Trump and the Congressional Republicans who enable his destructive policies.

  5. Brady Smith:

    I can say that the issue of people carving their names and other things in rocks in the Sedona and surrounding area is always a challenge we face, and (we) try to inform people about its destructive nature. we have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve.

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