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distractive

[ dih-strak-tiv ]
/ dɪˈstræk tɪv /
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adjective

tending to distract.

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Origin of distractive

First recorded in 1625–35; distract + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM distractive

dis·trac·tive·ly, adverbnon·dis·trac·tive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for distractive

  • It is always distractive, and very often ends in a wrong combination.

    Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
  • Between these extremes are many sentences which may take either the comma or the semicolon without distractive effect.

    Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
  • No. 74 is a particularly distractive sentence, although its punctuation may be technically correct.

    Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
  • The distractive effect caused by producing two impressions through a wrong use of marks of parenthesis, should be avoided.

    Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
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