un·​con·​struct·​ive | \ ˌən-kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce unconstructive (audio) \

Definition of unconstructive

: not serving to promote improvement or advancement : not constructive vague and unconstructive criticism

Examples of unconstructive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Situating these discussions within the context of a mass-shooting, however, is unconstructive and, in Trump’s case, plainly disingenuous. Simon Parkin, Time, "No, Video Games Don’t Cause Mass Shootings. But The Conversation Shouldn’t End There," 8 Aug. 2019 Let’s Fund For years, in climate circles, those calling for more R&D were pitted in an utterly unconstructive battle against those calling for more deployment of existing clean energy technologies. David Roberts, Vox, "The climate change policy with the most potential is the most neglected," 11 July 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly criticized protesters at home and abroad as being unconstructive and dangerous. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Armenian Mass Protests Paralyze the Capital, Pressuring Ally Russia," 2 May 2018 Washington last month rescinded an invitation to China to participate in an international naval exercise called Rimpac—a move China criticized as unconstructive. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Modi Lays Out Strategy to Bolster India’s Regional Role," 1 June 2018 A lot of these other tweets are unconstructive to the fulfillment of his agenda or the explanation of it to the American people. WSJ, "Peace Out, Paris," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of unconstructive

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Unconstructive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconstructive. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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