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Definition of "nondestructive" []

  • Of, relating to, or being a process that does not result in damage to the material under investigation or testing. (adjective)
  • Not capable of causing damage (to a structure or material) (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.

  • Not capable of erasing data (adjective)

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Use "nondestructive" in a sentence
  • "I don't think you could call it 'nondestructive testing' under any set of rules."
  • "This is known as nondestructive editing, because all of the changes and effects you apply to your footage never affect the media itself."
  • "The NEH can fund "nondestructive" microfilming of newspapers only at considerably extra cost, but their budget is unlikely to be increased in the current political climate."