non·​con·​struc·​tive | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce nonconstructive (audio) \

Definition of nonconstructive

: not constructive especially : not serving to promote improvement or advancement nonconstructive criticism

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Recent Examples on the Web Constructive criticism differentiates itself from nonconstructive criticism in two ways: First, it is asked for. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Data from the Mayo Clinic indicates that excessive time spent on nonconstructive content on the screen has been associated with obesity, irregular sleep times and shorter sleep duration, behavior problems and loss of social skills among others. Ingrid Cotto,, 2 Oct. 2020 The pendulum swing to the Democratic party’s embrace of economically destructive, environmentally nonconstructive policy ideas has been rapid, to say the least. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, 28 Jan. 2020 There are many other fine military spouses coping in nonconstructive manners. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2019

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconstructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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