Etymology
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explosive (adj.)

1660s, "tending to explode," from Latin explos-, past participle stem of explodere "drive out, reject" (see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874. Related: Explosives (n.); explosively; explosiveness.

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Definitions of explosive
1
explosive (adj.)
serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst;
explosive gas
explosive force
an explosive device
explosive violence
an explosive temper
explosive (adj.)
liable to lead to sudden change or violence;
an explosive issue
Synonyms: volatile
explosive (adj.)
sudden and loud;
an explosive laugh
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explosive (n.)
a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck;
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