[ im-ploh-siv ]
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  1. characterized by a partial vacuum behind the point of closure.

  1. an implosive stop.

Origin of implosive

First recorded in 1875–80; im-1 + (ex)plosive

Other words from implosive

  • im·plo·sive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby implosive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use implosive in a sentence

  • implosive therapy asks clients to use imagery to increase, in a controlled manner, feelings that cause emotional distress.

  • Today there are three main varieties of emotional flooding therapies: bioenergetics, primal therapy, and implosive therapy.

  • implosive therapy is usually done on an individual basis and is comparatively brief, usually lasting less than a dozen sessions.

  • implosive therapy, when effective, can be dramatically effective in a comparatively short time.

British Dictionary definitions for implosive


/ (ɪmˈpləʊsɪv) /

  1. pronounced by or with implosion

  1. an implosive consonant

Derived forms of implosive

  • implosively, adverb

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