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destructible

[dih-struhk-tuh-buh l] /dɪˈstrʌk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being destroyed; liable to destruction.
Origin of destructible
1745-1755
1745-55; < Late Latin dēstructibil(is), equivalent to Latin dēstruct(us) pulled down (see destruction) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
destructibility, destructibleness, noun
undestructible, adjective
undestructibleness, noun
undestructibly, adverb
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  • He was as new as an overnight daisy, and as destructible in Rosella's hands.

  • Spirit which is eternal had produced matter which is destructible.

    The God-Idea of the Ancients Eliza Burt Gamble
  • According to the principles of the law of the conservation of energy, heat is not destructible.

    Food in War Time Graham Lusk
  • But all of them that were destructible had been devoured by hungry flames.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Annihilation, he says, is impossible, because nothing is destructible.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • By Shermans order, everything on the plantation movable or destructible was carried away next day, or destroyed.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Almost everything within the range of the combatants that was destructible has perished—and has perished beyond repair.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • The processes depending on the foreconscious system are destructible in a different way.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • The character and influence of an ancient family are a peculiar heritage--sacred, but destructible.

  • The Form or Essence in the first meaning, is neither generable nor destructible; in the second meaning it is both.

    Aristotle George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for destructible

destructible

/dɪˈstrʌktəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being or liable to be destroyed
Derived Forms
destructibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for destructible
adj.

1755, from Late Latin destructibilis, from Latin destructus, past participle of destruere (see destroy).

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