Destructive De*struc"tive, a. [L. destructivus: cf. F. destructif.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Time's destructive power. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

{Destructive distillation}. See {Distillation}.

{Destructive sorties}(Logic), a process of reasoning which involves the denial of the first of a series of dependent propositions as a consequence of the denial of the last; a species of reductio ad absurdum. --Whately.

Syn: Mortal; deadly; poisonous; fatal; ruinous; malignant; baleful; pernicious; mischievous. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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