Destructive meaning

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The definition of destructive is destroying or creating chaos.

An example of someone who is destructive is a person who breaks up every friendship he has ever had.

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Merely negative; not helpful.

Destructive criticism.

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Catabolism is a destructive metabolism which involves the break down of molecules and release of energy.

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Causing or wreaking destruction; ruinous.

A destructive act; a policy that is destructive to the economy.

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Designed or tending to disprove or discredit.

Destructive criticism.

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Tending or likely to cause destruction.
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Causing or producing destruction; destroying.
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Origin of destructive

  • From Middle French destructif, from Latin destructivus, from past participle of destruere (“to tear down, destroy”) + -ivus.

    From Wiktionary