WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 de•struc•tive
(di struk′tiv),USA pronunciation adj.
(di struk′tiv),USA pronunciation n.
- tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often fol. by of or to):a very destructive windstorm.
- tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit (opposed to constructive):destructive criticism.
- Late Latin dēstructīvus, equivalent. to Latin dēstruct(us) (see destruction) + -īvus -ive
- Middle French
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruinous, deleterious.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unfavorable, adverse, negative.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged creative.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged constructive.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 destructive /dɪˈstrʌktɪv/ adj
deˈstructively adv deˈstructiveness, destructivity /ˌdiːstrʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ/ n
- often postpositive and followed by of or to: causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
- intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative: destructive criticism
de•struc•tion /dɪˈstrʌkʃən/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tive, adj.: the destructive power of one nuclear bomb.
de•struc•tive•ness, n. [uncountable]See -stru-.
- the act of destroying or the condition of being destroyed:The fire caused the destruction of two famous landmarks in the area.
(di struk′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- the act of destroying:wanton destruction of a town.
- the condition of being destroyed;
- a cause or means of destroying.
- Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent. to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion
- Middle English ( 1275–1325
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See ruin.
'destructive' also found in these entries: