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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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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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

Examples of destructive in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Engkos Kosasih:

    She became destructive, dug up other people's crops and ate raw corn from the plant. I was ashamed and scared.

  3. Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi:

    Republicans' tax extender bill provides hundreds of billions of dollars in special interest tax breaks that are permanent and unpaid for, these massive giveaways to the special interests and big corporations are deeply destructive to our future.

  4. Carly Fiorina:

    I think Edward Snowden has been terribly destructive, he has been less than forthcoming. It was a very slanted portrayal about what the NSA does, and he knows it.

  5. Metro Transit Police Communications:

    In each instance, the caller conveyed specific threat information concerning destructive devices and intended acts of violence.

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