: designed or tending to hurt or destroy <destructive criticism>
— de·struc·tive·ly adverb
— de·struc·tive·ness noun
Examples of DESTRUCTIVE
- It was one of the most destructive storms in recent memory.
- She argued that the law was destructive of personal liberties.
- The school is concerned about the destructive behavior of a few students.
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