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[dih-struhk-tuh-buh l] /dɪˈstrʌk tə bəl/
capable of being destroyed; liable to destruction.
Origin of destructible
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 Unabridged
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  • All these substances agree in one character, that of being more or less soft and destructible.

  • He was as new as an overnight daisy, and as destructible in Rosella's hands.

  • It differs materially from destruction by fire, for often destructible property is of value after floods have passed.

    The Passaic Flood of 1903 Marshall Ora Leighton
  • According to the principles of the law of the conservation of energy, heat is not destructible.

    Food in War Time Graham Lusk
  • A weapon old as time—as light, as destructible, as possessed of subtle powers as woman herself.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • But all of them that were destructible had been devoured by hungry flames.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • The Form or Essence in the first meaning, is neither generable nor destructible; in the second meaning it is both.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Annihilation, he says, is impossible, because nothing is destructible.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • The processes depending on the foreconscious system are destructible in a different way.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • Almost everything within the range of the combatants that was destructible has perished—and has perished beyond repair.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for destructible


capable of being or liable to be destroyed
Derived Forms
destructibility, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for destructible

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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