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



BrE BrE//dɪˈstrʌktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrʌktɪv//
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causing destruction or damage the destructive power of modern weapons the destructive effects of anxiety Opencast coal mining is among the most environmentally destructive activities carried out in Wales. compare constructive Word Originlate 15th cent.: via Old French from late Latin destructivus, from Latin destruct- ‘destroyed’, from the verb destruere, from de- (expressing reversal) + struere ‘build’.Word Familydestroy verbdestroyer noundestruction noundestructive adjectiveindestructible adjectiveExtra examples It was a very short-sighted and ultimately destructive plan. These substances can be destructive to health. downright destructive behaviour environmentally destructive policies potentially destructive emotions People have to learn how to handle destructive emotions like anger. The war demonstrated the destructive power of modern weapons.
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