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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or wreaking destruction; ruinous: a destructive act; a policy that is destructive to the economy.
  • adj. Designed or tending to disprove or discredit: destructive criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing destruction; damaging.
  • adj. Causing break down or disassembly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to
  • n. One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing destruction; having a tendency to destroy or the quality of destroying; ruinous; mischievous; pernicious; hurtful: with of or to before an object: as, a destructive fire; a destructive disposition; intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.
  • In logic, refuting; disproving: as, a destructive dilemma.
  • n. One who or that which destroys; one who favors the destruction of anything for some ulterior purpose, as progress or public convenience; an overthrower of existing institutions, customs, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing destruction or much damage


From Latin destructivus, from past participle of destruere ("to tear down, destroy") + -ivus (Wiktionary)



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