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  1. serving to erode; causing erosion.
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Origin of erosive

1820–30; < Latin ērōs(us) (see erose) + -ive
Related formse·ro·sive·ness, e·ro·siv·i·ty, nounan·ti·e·ro·sive, adjectivenon·e·ro·sive, adjectiveun·e·ro·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for erosive

Historical Examples

  • They have been robbed by the erosive action of waves and running water.

    Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • In this excursion only the marginal portion of the glacier would do erosive work.

    Outlines of the Earth's History

    Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

  • The laws of gravitation, the erosive powers of water, the effects of frost, are just the same at wholesale as they are at retail.

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • She set her face determinedly against the erosive impatience of despair.

    Stranded in Arcady

    Francis Lynde

  • The erosive action of the sea, from our present point of view, is of comparatively little importance.

erosive in Medicine


  1. Causing erosion.
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