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Definition of corrosive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    corrosive

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈrəʊsɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊsɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1tending to destroy something slowly by chemical action the corrosive effects of salt water corrosive acid
  2. 2(formal) tending to damage something gradually Unemployment is having a corrosive effect on our economy.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French corosif, -ive, from medieval Latin corrosivus, from Latin corros- ‘gnawed through’, from the verb corrodere, from cor- (expressing intensive force) + rodere ‘gnaw’.
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