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destructive (adj.)

"causing destruction, tending to destroy," late 15c. (Caxton), from Old French destructif (14c.), from Late Latin destructivus, from destruct-, past-participle stem of Latin destruere "to tear down, demolish" (see destroy). Related: Destructively; destructiveness.

updated on August 04, 2018

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Definitions of destructive from WordNet

destructive (adj.)
causing destruction or much damage;
destructive criticism
a policy that is destructive to the economy
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