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[dih-trak-tiv] /dɪˈtræk tɪv/
tending or seeking to detract.
Also, detractory
[dih-trak-tuh-ree] /dɪˈtræk tə ri/ (Show IPA)
Origin of detractive
From the Middle French word detractif, dating back to 1480-90. See detract, -ive
Related forms
detractively, adverb
detractiveness, noun
nondetractive, adjective
nondetractively, adverb
nondetractory, adjective
undetractive, adjective
undetractively, adverb
undetractory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Beyond this, the detractive gossip attacked the personnel of the new company.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • Notwithstanding this detractive feature, Mistress Betty was a good-hearted soul.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp

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