[ dih-trak-tiv ]
/ dɪˈtræk tɪv /


tending or seeking to detract.
Also de·trac·to·ry [dih-trak-tuh-ree] /dɪˈtræk tə ri/.

Origin of detractive

From the Middle French word detractif, dating back to 1480–90. See detract, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM detractive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for detractive

  • Notwithstanding this detractive feature, Mistress Betty was a good-hearted soul.

    Ande Trembath|Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • Beyond this, the detractive gossip attacked the personnel of the new company.

    The Real Man|Francis Lynde