destructive

[ dih-struhk-tiv ]
/ dɪˈstrʌk tɪv /

adjective

tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often followed by of or to): a very destructive windstorm.
tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit (opposed to constructive): destructive criticism.

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Origin of destructive

1480–90; < Middle French < Late Latin dēstructīvus, equivalent to Latin dēstruct(us) (see destruction) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for destructive

destructive
/ (dɪˈstrʌktɪv) /

adjective

(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; negativedestructive criticism Compare constructive (def. 1)

Derived forms of destructive

destructively, adverbdestructiveness or destructivity (ˌdiːstrʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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