- de·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- de·struc·tive·ness, de·struc·tiv·i·ty [dee-struhk-tiv-i-tee], /ˌdi strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, noun
- in·ter·de·struc·tive, adjective
- in·ter·de·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- in·ter·de·struc·tive·ness, noun
- non·de·struc·tive, adjective
- non·de·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- non·de·struc·tive·ness, noun
- o·ver·de·struc·tive, adjective
- o·ver·de·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- o·ver·de·struc·tive·ness, noun
- sem·i·de·struc·tive, adjective
- un·de·struc·tive, adjective
- un·de·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- un·de·struc·tive·ness, noun
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How to use destructive in a sentence
Most such flares develop when two neutron stars collide or there is some other destructive cosmic event.Exploding neutron star proves to be energy standout of the cosmos | Lisa Grossman | February 12, 2021 | Science News For Students
I was so angry at the time, and I knew I needed to channel these self-destructive qualities and turn that negative into a positive.Republican Rep. Nancy Mace on the Capitol insurrection: ‘We need to rebuild our party’ | KK Ottesen | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
However, as you mentioned, there are already four deaths in Washington of which the situation is less violent and destructive than that in Hong Kong.Pro-China propaganda campaign exploits U.S. divisions in videos emphasizing Capitol attack | Craig Timberg, Eva Dou | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
So it isn’t surprising that too many are now grappling with serious depression, becoming self-destructive, or losing motivation for school.Dear Struggling Parents, It's Not Just You. This Is Hard | Susanna Schrobsdorff | January 31, 2021 | Time
We are learning the hard way about their destructive effects on society and democracy.'We Need a Fundamental Reset.' Shoshana Zuboff on Building an Internet That Lets Democracy Flourish | Billy Perrigo | January 22, 2021 | Time
Anger often manifests in withholders as another self-destructive but more socially acceptable feeling or behavior, like anxiety.
It has a presence, it remains potentially destructive, but all we can do is attempt to marshal it.
To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.Exclusive: The Making of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Wild’ | Marlow Stern | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.
This structure is particularly destructive for children in low-income families.
A tremendous tornado passed over the city of Natchez, very destructive to life and property.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
A destructive tornado swept over a portion of Lapeer county, Michigan.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The planter passes entire nights, provided with lights, clearing the buds just opening, of these destructive insects.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
There is another effect from hurricanes which is even more destructive to life than that caused by the direct action of the wind.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
By that time, however, the Scots had completed another destructive raid.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for destructive
(often postpositive and foll by of or to) causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negative: destructive criticism Compare constructive (def. 1)
- destructively, adverb
- destructiveness or destructivity (ˌdiːstrʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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