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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tive  (di struktiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often fol. by of or to):a very destructive windstorm.
  2. tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit (opposed to constructive):destructive criticism.
de•structive•ly, adv. 
de•structive•ness, de•struc•tiv•i•ty  (di struktiv),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Late Latin dēstructīvus, equivalent. to Latin dēstruct(us) (see destruction) + -īvus -ive
  • Middle French
  • 1480–90
    • 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::
destructive /dɪˈstrʌktɪv/ adj
  1. often postpositive and followed by of or to: causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
  2. intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative: destructive criticism

deˈstructively adv deˈstructiveness, destructivity /ˌdiːstrʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ/ n
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tion /dɪˈstrʌkʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the act of destroying or the condition of being destroyed:The fire caused the destruction of two famous landmarks in the area.
de•struc•tive, adj.: the destructive power of one nuclear bomb.
de•struc•tive•ly, adv. 
de•struc•tive•ness, n. [uncountable]See -stru-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tion  (di strukshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of destroying:wanton destruction of a town.
  2. the condition of being destroyed;
    demolition;
    annihilation.
  3. a cause or means of destroying.
  • Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent. to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  ruin. 

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