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Meaning of DESTRUCTIVE

Pronunciation:  di'struktiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
 

DESTRUCTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: annihilating, annihilative, blasting, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, caustic, corrosive, crushing, damaging, devastating, erosive, negative, obliterating, obscurant, ravaging, ruinous, soul-destroying, vitriolic, wasteful, withering
 
 Antonyms: constructive
 
 See Also: harmful

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
          Time's destructive power.                --Wordsworth.
    
    {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.
    
    
  2. \De*struc"tive\, n.
    One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: adverse, annihilative, antithetical, bad, baleful, baneful, black, brutal, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, catching, communicable, condemnatory, conflicting, consuming, consumptive, contagious, contradictory, contrary, critical, damaging, dangerous, deadly, death-bringing, deathful, deathly, deleterious, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, derogatory, desolating, destroying, detrimental, devastating, dire, disapproving, disastrous, disparaging, doomful, envenomed, fatal, fateful, fell, feral, fratricidal, grievous, harmful, hurtful, infectious, infective, injurious, internecine, killing, lethal, malign, malignant, mephitic, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, mortal, negative, nihilist, nihilistic, noxious, opposed, opposing, pernicious, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ravaging, ruining, ruinous, savage, self-destructive, shattering, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous, tragic, unfavorable, unwholesome, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, virulent, wasteful, wasting, withering, wreckful
 

 

 

 

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