Destructive

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 destructive — [adj1] injurious, devastating annihilative, baleful, baneful, calamitous, cancerous, cataclysmic, catastrophic, consumptive, cutthroat, damaging, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, dire, disastrous, eradicative, evil, extirpative, fatal, fell,… …

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  • 3 destructive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing destruction. 2) negative and unhelpful: destructive criticism. DERIVATIVES destructively adverb destructiveness noun …

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  • 4 destructive — [di struk′tiv] adj. [OFr destructif < LL destructivus] 1. tending or likely to cause destruction 2. causing or producing destruction; destroying 3. merely negative; not helpful [destructive criticism] destructively adv. destructiveness n.… …

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  • 5 Destructive — De*struc tive, n. One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 destructive — I adjective annihilating, baleful, damaging, destroying, detrimental, feral, harmful, injurious, internecine, malign, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, pernicious II index adverse (negative), bad (offens …

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  • 7 destructive — late 15c., from O.Fr. destructif (14c.), from L.L. destructivus, from destruct , pp. stem of L. destruere (see DESTROY (Cf. destroy)) …

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  • 8 destructive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

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  • 9 destructive — /dəsˈtrʌktɪv/ (say duhs truktiv) adjective 1. tending to destroy; causing destruction: destructive of reason; destructive to the environment. 2. tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit: destructive criticism. 3. carried on to the point of… …

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  • 10 destructive — ● destructif, destructive adjectif (bas latin destructivus) Se dit de ce qui détruit, a le pouvoir de détruire : L action destructive des eaux. ● destructif, destructive (difficultés) adjectif (bas latin destructivus) Emploi …

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  • 11 destructive — adj. 1 (often foll. by to, of) destroying or tending to destroy (destructive of her peace of mind; is destructive to organisms; a destructive child). 2 negative in attitude or criticism; refuting without suggesting, helping, amending, etc. (opp.… …

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  • 12 destructive — de|struc|tive [dıˈstrʌktıv] adj causing damage to people or things →↑destroy ▪ the destructive power of modern weapons destructive to ▪ What is good for the individual can be destructive to the family. >destructively adv >destructiveness n… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 destructive — [[t]dɪstrʌ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is destructive causes or is capable of causing great damage, harm, or injury. ...the awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons... Guilt can be very destructive. Derived words: destructiveness N… …

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  • 14 destructive — adjective Date: 15th century 1. causing destruction ; ruinous < destructive storm > 2. designed or tending to hurt or destroy < destructive criticism > • destructively adverb • destructiveness …

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  • 15 destructive — destructively, adv. destructiveness, destructivity /dee struk tiv i tee/, n. /di struk tiv/, adj. 1. tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often fol. by of or to): a very destructive windstorm. 2. tending to overthrow, disprove …

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  • 16 destructive — adj. destructive of * * * [dɪs trʌktɪv] destructive of …

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  • 17 destructive — de|struc|tive [ dı strʌktıv ] adjective causing severe damage or harm: the bomb s enormous destructive power the destructive effect of unemployment on individuals …

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  • 18 destructive — adjective 1) the most destructive war Syn: devastating, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic; harmful, damaging, detrimental, deleterious, injurious, crippling; violent, savage, fierce, brutal, deadly …

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  • 19 destructive — UK [dɪˈstrʌktɪv] / US adjective causing severe damage or harm the bomb s enormous destructive power the destructive effect of unemployment on individuals …

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  • 20 destructive — de•struc•tive [[t]dɪˈstrʌk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) tending to destroy; causing much damage: bacteria destructive of tooth enamel[/ex] 2) tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit; negative (opposed to constructive): destructive criticism[/ex] •… …

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