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Definition of "toxic" []

  • Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison: a toxic condition; toxic hepatitis. (adjective)
  • Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous: food preservatives that are toxic in concentrated amounts; a dump for toxic industrial wastes. See Synonyms at poisonous. (adjective)
  • A toxic chemical or other substance. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or poison; poisonous (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.

  • Harmful or deadly (adjective)
  • (of a financial asset) likely to cause significant loss to the holder (adjective)

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Use "toxic" in a sentence
  • "Although we can certainly have toxic relatives, toxic thoughts, or toxic relationships, I generally use the term toxic in discussing two broad classes of toxins: environmental and internal."
  • "TOM COMERFORD, TOUR GUIDE: Have you ever heard of the term toxic assets?"
  • "Lord Patten, the BBC Trust chairman, has signalled that the corporation would address what he called a "toxic" public relations problem by cutting the pay of some of its most senior executives."