un·​con·​struct·​ive ˌən-kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce unconstructive (audio)
: not serving to promote improvement or advancement : not constructive
vague and unconstructive criticism

Examples of unconstructive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Candid, forthright, and often courageous, this book cuts through decades of bromides, wishful thinking, and unconstructive ambiguity to assess the long and painful struggle to establish democracy in Israel. Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 What’s more, asking too many questions and questions with easy answers was also deemed unconstructive and resulted in being less likable. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 Not only that, but being less politically skilled also translated to being seen as unconstructive and less likely to contribute to organizational effectiveness. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 The two men developed a close and lasting bond as McAfee tutored his protégé in the complex duties of an urban principal, from managing angry parents and defusing racial tensions to navigating diverse cultures and shrugging off unconstructive criticism. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 Comments which are not made in good faith or are otherwise unconstructive will be removed. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 Politically, this plan allows leaders to move away from the unconstructive debates that have framed our handling of Covid-19. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 As intolerance of uncertainty has begun to be studied as a separate trait from a tendency to worry, psychologists have identified typical behaviors—often unconstructive ones—that people use to tamp down their distress at not knowing. Francine Russo, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 Situating these discussions within the context of a mass-shooting, however, is unconstructive and, in Trump’s case, plainly disingenuous. Simon Parkin, Time, 8 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconstructive was in 1898

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“Unconstructive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconstructive. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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