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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 11 July 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly criticized protesters at home and abroad as being unconstructive and dangerous. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 2 May 2018 Washington last month rescinded an invitation to China to participate in an international naval exercise called Rimpac—a move China criticized as unconstructive.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, 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, 6 June 2017 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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