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Definition of "destructive" []

  • Causing or wreaking destruction; ruinous: a destructive act; a policy that is destructive to the economy. (adjective)
  • Designed or tending to disprove or discredit: destructive criticism. (adjective)
  • Causing or tending to cause the destruction (of) (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative (adjective)

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Use "destructive" in a sentence
  • "Competition is a word destructive to successful Yoga practice."
  • "Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said any slackness in the global response to the floods may give extremists an opportunity to promote what he described as their destructive agenda."
  • "Saturday to withstand what it called the destructive effects of affirmative action, the Boerevolk Werkersunie disclosed on"