destructive of

destructive

[dih-struhk-tiv]
adjective
1.
tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often followed by of or to ): a very destructive windstorm.
2.
tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit (opposed to constructive ): destructive criticism.

Origin:
1480–90; < Middle French < Late Latin dēstructīvus, equivalent to Latin dēstruct(us) (see destruction) + -īvus -ive

destructively, adverb
destructiveness, destructivity [dee-struhk-tiv-i-tee] , noun
interdestructive, adjective
interdestructively, adverb
interdestructiveness, noun
nondestructive, adjective
nondestructively, adverb
nondestructiveness, noun
overdestructive, adjective
overdestructively, adverb
overdestructiveness, noun
semidestructive, adjective
undestructive, adjective
undestructively, adverb
undestructiveness, noun


1. ruinous, deleterious. 2. unfavorable, adverse, negative.


1. creative. 2. constructive.
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destructive (dɪˈstrʌktɪv)
 
adj (often postpositive and foll by of or to)
1.  causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
2.  Compare constructive intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative: destructive criticism
 
de'structively
 
adv
 
de'structiveness
 
n
 
destructivity
 
n

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destructive
late 15c., from O.Fr. destructif (14c.), from L. destructivus, from destruct-, pp. stem of destruere (see destroy).
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