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Destructive meaning

destructive - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.
  2. 2. One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.
  3. 3. Causing destruction; ruinous; injurious; deadly.

destructive - examples of usage

  1. Their example might well be followed by human beings in many of the affairs of life, where a contest must prove destructive to both. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. It was marvellous how much they found to feed upon, considering the destructive nature of Denham's criticism in her presence. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. Of these many possible relations some would be injurious to ourselves; some would be destructive of the object. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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