Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Causing or tending to deterioration.

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  • adjective Causing deterioration.

Etymologies

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deteriorate +‎ -ive

Examples

  • -- Therefore it is urged that during the period of utero-gestation, especial pains should be taken to render the life of the female as harmonious as possible, that her surroundings should all be of a nature calculated to inspire the mind with thoughts of physical and mental beauties and perfections, and that she should be guarded against all influences, of whatever character, having a deteriorative tendency.

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  • Lecture [2] sets forth the view that the influence of war on the race, both directly and indirectly, is injurious; he admits that there may be beneficial as well as deteriorative influences, but the former merely affect the moral atmosphere, not the hereditary germ plasm; biologically, war means wastage and a reversal of rational selection, since it prunes off a disproportionally large number of those whom the race can least afford to lose.

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  • Beyond this positive deteriorative effect on women through man's arbitrary choice comes the negative effect of woman's lack of choice.

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  • Training the reflective function is the training of character, while the training of the purely physical side often, and the training of the intellectual side not uncommonly, have a distinctly deteriorative effect.

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  • Training the reflective function is the training of character, while the training of the purely physical side often, and the training of the intellectual side not uncommonly, have a distinctly deteriorative effect.

    Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton B A Of Trinity College Cambridge

  • But once the ominous earmarks of the addictive process begin to appear, a trained counselor can identify the condition years before the final accelerating deteriorative spiral.

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  • The central bank is expected to raise rates to 0.50%, and it will be interesting to see whether they indeed to move on rates in the face of the current deteriorative global macro environment which needs to be a consideration for policy.

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  • Upon seeing the deteriorative state of their medical and dental condition, I then realized that socialism and communism were not forms of government that protected its people or valued their freedom of choice.

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  • The major deteriorative reaction in wines is caused by oxidation, the oxygen gradually changing the wine character, leading to development of browning and undesirable flavours.

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  • Its interaction with glitchery, such as on the opening folk guitar of otherwise electrolytic single "Bootstrap" or on the Italo-western twang of opener "Transient" (the rare attempt at this style within electronica that doesn't tumble Jenga-style into self-parody) where the cigarette burns of the John Ford reel meld with the acetate and celluloid to make Brakhage collage, is oddly interactive, rather than deteriorative.

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