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explosive

[ik-sploh-siv] /ɪkˈsploʊ sɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to explode:
an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.
2.
pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion:
explosive violence.
3.
likely to lead to violence or hostility:
an explosive issue.
4.
Phonetics, plosive.
noun
5.
an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
6.
Phonetics, plosive.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; explos(ion) + -ive
Related forms
explosively, adverb
explosiveness, noun
nonexplosive, adjective, noun
nonexplosively, adverb
nonexplosiveness, noun
unexplosive, adjective
unexplosively, adverb
unexplosiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unexplosive

explosive

/ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/
adjective
1.
of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
2.
capable of exploding or tending to explode
3.
potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous: an explosive situation
4.
(phonetics) another word for plosive
noun
5.
a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
6.
a plosive consonant; stop
Derived Forms
explosively, adverb
explosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexplosive

explosive

adj.

1660s, "tending to explode," from Latin explos- (past participle stem of explodere; see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874. Related: Explosives.

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