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[ UK /dɪstɹˈʌktɪv/ ]
[ US /dɪˈstɹəktɪv/ ]
  1. causing destruction or much damage
    destructive criticism
    a policy that is destructive to the economy
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How To Use destructive In A Sentence

  • Drinkwise Day is mainly designed to educate people about the destructive effects of alcohol abuse.
  • At one point a couple of years ago, he says, he thought about ending it all, going out after one last amazing, self-destructive bender.
  • In the case of darker parts of the internet, the algorithms produce a destructive positive feedback effect. Times, Sunday Times
  • Part one, describing the destructive effects of the bomb on the population of the two cities, was published on August 6.
  • Having browsed through this book, you've probably realized that despite the noise, stink, stupidity and self-destructiveness of Planet Earth, it's not a bad place to vacation.
  • When it comes to playing debased, self-destructive women, Leigh is the best actress in Hollywood.
  • The ability to control the darkness is the ability to command the light, and the ability to control the waters is the ability to delimit their boundaries and make them useful rather than destructive; useful for sustaining life. Final Participation and the Light of God « Unknowing
  • Compared with the action of this destructive solvent, that of all other disintegrating agencies concerned in our decivilization is as the languorous indiligence of rosewater to the mordant fury of nitric acid. The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays 1909
  • Large deposits of frothy reddish-brown pyrolignic acid, or “wood vinegar,” as the men called it, had also been found, indicating, as Roebling said, “that a destructive distillation of wood had been going on.” The Great Bridge
  • Upon all vegetable lakes, except those of madder, they have a destructive effect; and are injurious to gamboge, as well as to those almost obsolete pigments, red and orange leads, king's and patent yellow, massicot, and orpiment. Field's Chromatography or Treatise on Colours and Pigments as Used by Artists
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