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destructive

[dih-struhk-tiv] /dɪˈstrʌk tɪv/
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
1480-1490
1480-90; < Middle French < Late Latin dēstructīvus, equivalent to Latin dēstruct(us) (see destruction) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
destructively, adverb
destructiveness, destructivity
[dee-struhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌdi strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
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
Synonyms
1. ruinous, deleterious. 2. unfavorable, adverse, negative.
Antonyms
1. creative. 2. constructive.
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  • They love to bathe in the wet leaves and breeding hens destructively chew the bark.
British Dictionary definitions for destructively

destructive

/dɪˈstrʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
often postpositive and foll by of or to. causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
2.
intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative: destructive criticism Compare constructive (sense 1)
Derived Forms
destructively, adverb
destructiveness, destructivity (ˌdiːstrʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for destructively

destructive

adj.

late 15c., from Old French destructif (14c.), from Late Latin destructivus, from destruct-, past participle stem of Latin destruere (see destroy).

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