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destructive

adjective de·struc·tive \di-ˈstrək-tiv\

: causing a very large amount of damage : causing destruction or harm

Full Definition of DESTRUCTIVE

1
:  causing destruction :  ruinous <destructive storm>
2
:  designed or tending to hurt or destroy <destructive criticism>
de·struc·tive·ly adverb
de·struc·tive·ness noun

Examples of DESTRUCTIVE

  1. It was one of the most destructive storms in recent memory.
  2. She argued that the law was destructive of personal liberties.
  3. The school is concerned about the destructive behavior of a few students.

First Known Use of DESTRUCTIVE

15th century
DESTRUCTIVE Defined for Kids

destructive

adjective de·struc·tive \di-ˈstrək-tiv\

Definition of DESTRUCTIVE for Kids

1
:  causing great damage or ruin <a destructive storm>
2
:  not positive or helpful <destructive criticism>

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