What does destructive mean?

Definitions for destructive
dɪˈstrʌk tɪvde·struc·tive

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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.

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

  2. destructive(Adjective)

    Causing break down or disassembly.

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

    Etymology: 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

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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. Richard Gordon:

    We're worried for the 10 million people in The Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August, we are preparing our emergency assets and relief items. Our staff and volunteers are on high alert for possible deployment.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    But if you look at the data, now that papers have come out literally two days ago, the fact that we shut down when we did and the rest of the world did, has saved hundreds of millions of infections and millions of lives, and yet, there are those who say,' You shut down, you did destructive things by disrupting the economy.' And others say,' Well, if you save so many infections by shutting down, why didn't you shut down two weeks earlier ? You could have saved many more lives.'.

  3. John W. Gardner:

    America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.

  4. Larry Benson:

    Tsunamis can be very destructive when they strike densely populated areas, so an historical example should be a wake-up call against complacency.

  5. Roy Blunt:

    Just because the so-called squad constantly insults and attacks New York `` The President isn't a reason to adopt their unacceptable tactics, there is plenty to say about how destructive House Democrats' policies would be for our economy, our health care system, and our security. I think that's where the focus should be.

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