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destructible

[dih-struhk-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being destroyed; liable to destruction.
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Origin of destructible

1745–55; < Late Latin dēstructibil(is), equivalent to Latin dēstruct(us) pulled down (see destruction) + -ibilis -ible
Related formsde·struct·i·bil·i·ty, de·struct·i·ble·ness, nounun·de·struct·i·ble, adjectiveun·de·struct·i·ble·ness, nounun·de·struct·i·bly, adverb
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Related Words for destructible

decaying, short-lived, unstable, decomposable, destructible

Examples from the Web for destructible

Historical Examples of destructible

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

    The Spinner's Book of Fiction

    Various

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

  • 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.

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

    Essays in Rebellion

    Henry W. Nevinson


British Dictionary definitions for destructible

destructible

adjective
  1. capable of being or liable to be destroyed
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Derived Formsdestructibility, 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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