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
Related formsde·trac·tive·ly, adverbde·trac·tive·ness, nounnon·de·trac·tive, adjectivenon·de·trac·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·trac·to·ry, adjectiveun·de·trac·tive, adjectiveun·de·trac·tive·ly, adverbun·de·trac·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for detractive

Historical Examples of detractive

  • 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