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de·struc·tive

 (dĭ-strŭk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Causing or wreaking destruction; ruinous: a destructive act; a policy that is destructive to the economy.
2. Designed or tending to disprove or discredit: destructive criticism.

de·struc′tive·ly adv.
de·struc′tive·ness, de′struc·tiv′i·ty (dē′strŭk-tĭv′ĭ-tē) n.

destructive

(dɪˈstrʌktɪv)
adj
1. (often: postpositive and foll 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. Compare constructive1
deˈstructively adv
deˈstructiveness, destructivity n

de•struc•tive

(dɪˈstrʌk tɪv)

adj.
1. tending to destroy; causing much damage: bacteria destructive of tooth enamel.
2. tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit; negative (opposed to constructive): destructive criticism.
[1480–90; < Middle French < Late Latin]
de•struc′tive•ly, adv.
de•struc′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"

destructive

adjective
2. negative, hostile, discouraging, undermining, contrary, vicious, adverse, discrediting, disparaging, antagonistic, derogatory Try to give constructive rather than destructive criticism.

destructive

adjective
2. Having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably:
Translations
مُدَمِّرهَدّام
destruktivnípustošivý
destruktivødelæggende
destruktivanrazoranrušilački
destruktívromboló
niîurdrepandi, niîurrifs-skaîlegur, eyîileggjandi
deštruktívnypustošivý
kırıp dökücütahrip ediciyıkıcı

destructive

[dɪsˈtrʌktɪv] ADJ [weapon, person, behaviour, influence, emotion] → destructivo; [effect] → destructor; [child] → destrozón; [criticism, comment] → destructivo, negativo; [relationship] → destructivo, dañino
the destructive power of nuclear weaponsel poder destructivo or destructor de las armas nucleares
to be destructive of or to sth: products that are destructive of or to the environmentproductos que destruyen el medio ambiente

destructive

[dɪˈstrʌktɪv] adj
(= damaging) → destructeur/trice
[power] → destructif/ive
[animal] → nuisible
a destructive child → un enfant qui casse tout

destructive

adj
(lit) power, nature, war, windzerstörerisch; effectzerstörend; person, behaviour, tendenciesdestruktiv; destructive weaponVernichtungswaffe f; the destructive force or power of …die Zerstörungskraft von …; destructive urge (Psych) → Destruktionstrieb m; to be destructive of or to something (also fig)etw zerstören; these air strikes are highly destructive of human lifediese Luftangriffe fordern viele Menschenleben; environmentally destructive projectsumweltzerstörende Projekte
(fig) power, emotion, influence, behaviour, criticismdestruktiv; the destructive power of gossipdie Destruktivität von Tratsch; a mutually destructive relationshipeine Beziehung, in der sich beide gegenseitig zerstören; the economically destructive effect of inflationdie schädliche Auswirkung der Inflation auf die Wirtschaft

destructive

[dɪsˈtrʌktɪv] adj (person) → distruttore/trice; (policy) → rovinoso/a; (action, power, criticism) → distruttivo/a

destruction

(diˈstrakʃən) noun
1. the act or process of destroying or being destroyed. the destruction of the city.
2. the state of being destroyed; ruin. a scene of destruction.
desˈtructive (-tiv) adjective
1. causing or able to cause destruction. Small children can be very destructive.
2. (of criticism etc) pointing out faults etc without suggesting improvements.
deˈstructively adverb
deˈstructiveness noun

destructive

adj destructivo
References in classic literature ?
Our mounds are earthen, certainly--nor are they seated on the rocks of Cape Diamond; but they stand on that shore which proved so destructive to Dieskau and his army.
If this be so, fancy the irresistibleness of that might, to which the most impalpable and destructive of all elements contributes.
Also the most destructive to life, considered from the standpoint of proportion of casualties to numbers engaged.
This nightmare occupied some ten pages of manu- script and wound up with a sermon so destructive of all hope to non-Presbyterians that it took the first prize.
The sea of black and threatening waters, and of destructive upheaving of wave against wave, whose depths were yet unfathomed and whose forces were yet unknown.
At those times, I would decide conclusively that my disaffection to dear old Joe and the forge, was gone, and that I was growing up in a fair way to be partners with Joe and to keep company with Biddy - when all in a moment some confounding remembrance of the Havisham days would fall upon me, like a destructive missile, and scatter my wits again.
He was amazed, how so impotent and grovelling an insect as I" (these were his expressions) "could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof," he said, "some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.
Very long ago, as old people have told me, there lived a terrible monster, who came out of the North, and laid waste whole tracts of country, devouring both men and beasts; and this monster was so destructive that it was feared that unless help came no living creature would be left on the face of the earth.
These winds are most destructive in Arabia the Desert.
Happily for our ancestors, their situation allowed them to repair it before its effects had proved destructive.
My father said, too, that when he was dead, and I saw Pandafilando about to invade my kingdom, I was not to wait and attempt to defend myself, for that would be destructive to me, but that I should leave the kingdom entirely open to him if I wished to avoid the death and total destruction of my good and loyal vassals, for there would be no possibility of defending myself against the giant's devilish power; and that I should at once with some of my followers set out for Spain, where I should obtain relief in my distress on finding a certain knight-errant whose fame by that time would extend over the whole kingdom, and who would be called, if I remember rightly, Don Azote or Don Gigote.
From the view they have exhibited of this part of the subject, this conclusion is to be drawn, that America, if not connected at all, or only by the feeble tie of a simple league, offensive and defensive, would, by the operation of such jarring alliances, be gradually entangled in all the pernicious labyrinths of European politics and wars; and by the destructive contentions of the parts into which she was divided, would be likely to become a prey to the artifices and machinations of powers equally the enemies of them all.