Word Origin See more synonyms for explosive on Thesaurus.com 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. . Phonetics plosive. an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite. . Phonetics plosive. Related forms ex·plo·sive·ly, adverb ex·plo·sive·ness, noun non·ex·plo·sive, adjective, noun non·ex·plo·sive·ly, adverb non·ex·plo·sive·ness, noun un·ex·plo·sive, adjective un·ex·plo·sive·ly, adverb un·ex·plo·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nonexplosive of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions capable of exploding or tending to explode potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous an explosive situation phonetics another word for plosive 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 Derived Forms explosively, adverb explosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonexplosive explosive adj.
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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