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 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, "The Warren Fracking Ban: On Public Lands, and Heck, Everywhere Else," 28 Jan. 2020 There are many other fine military spouses coping in nonconstructive manners. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Military spouse details home front struggles," 14 Oct. 2019

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconstructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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