tending or serving to explode: an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance. pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion: explosive violence.
likely to lead to violence or hostility: an explosive issue.
an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
Related formsex·plo·sive·ly, adverbex·plo·sive·ness, nounnon·ex·plo·sive, adjective, nounnon·ex·plo·sive·ly, adverbnon·ex·plo·sive·ness, nounun·ex·plo·sive, adjectiveun·ex·plo·sive·ly, adverbun·ex·plo·sive·ness, noun
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You need not be too sweet to him, but beware of explosiveness.
The constitution of gunpowder is the cause of its explosiveness.
The quiet voice ripped abruptly into an explosiveness under which some of them cowered as under a lash.
So she said to herself many a day, and yet the great deed, in all its explosiveness, had never yet been done.
The last mentioned give rise to her explosiveness, withering sarcasm, and anger.
British Dictionary definitions for explosiveness
of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
capable of exploding or tending to explode
potentially violent or hazardous; dangerousan explosive situation
Derived Formsexplosively, adverbexplosiveness, noun
a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
a plosive consonant; stop
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Word Origin and History for explosiveness
1660s, "tending to explode," from Latin explos- (past participle stem of explodere; see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874. Related: Explosives.
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