non·​con·​struc·​tive ˌnän-kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce nonconstructive (audio)
: not constructive
especially : not serving to promote improvement or advancement
nonconstructive criticism

Examples of nonconstructive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried: There are nonconstructive people on both sides of the aisle, and there are constructive people on both sides of the aisle. Will Gottsegen, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 High inflation, supply-chain disruptions, nonconstructive partisan rhetoric in Washington, D.C. and a surge in the spread of the Delta variant led to a disappointing jobs report for September. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 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

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'nonconstructive.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonconstructive was in 1868

Dictionary Entries Near nonconstructive

Cite this Entry

“Nonconstructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on nonconstructive

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!