[ im-ploh-siv ]
/ ɪmˈploʊ sɪv /


characterized by a partial vacuum behind the point of closure.


an implosive stop.

Origin of implosive

First recorded in 1875–80; im-1 + (ex)plosive
Related formsim·plo·sive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for implosive

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

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for implosive


/ (ɪmˈpləʊsɪv) /


pronounced by or with implosion


an implosive consonant
Derived Formsimplosively, adverb
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