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[self-di-struhk-tiv, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌk tɪv, ˌsɛlf-/
harmful, injurious, or destructive to oneself:
His constant arguing with the boss shows he's a self-destructive person.
reflecting or exhibiting suicidal desires or drives:
Careless driving may be a self-destructive tendency.
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self-destructively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Many parasites actually take control, causing their hosts to act in self-destructive ways that further their invaders' interests.
  • Fisher is sublime as the ditzy, beautiful friend with a self-destructive streak.
  • It is our own self-destructive patterns that have led to our getting in the way of fires.
  • They are failed systems that because, when scaled up become self-destructive to all.
  • In this game players rotate falling shapes so that they slot neatly together instead of saving self-destructive furry animals.
  • His knack for dominating the centre-ground has been abetted by a self-destructive opposition.
  • The big question that captivates me concerns our ability to generate self-destructive perturbations.
  • Her internal conflict, though complicated and extreme, was not suicidal nor even self-destructive.
  • It's so self-destructive, because it's so transparent.
  • Experts are unanimous in saying that recovery can't be defined solely by failure to engage in self-destructive behavior.

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