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Destructive

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Destructive \De*struc"tive\, adjective [L. destructivus: cf. F. destructif.] Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.

Time's destructive power. --Wordsworth.

{Destructive distillation}. See {Distillation}.

{Destructive sorties}(Logic), a process of reasoning which involves the denial of the first of a series of dependent propositions as a consequence of the denial of the last; a species of reductio ad absurdum. --Whately.

Syn: Mortal; deadly; poisonous; fatal; ruinous; malignant; baleful; pernicious; mischievous.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Destructive \De*struc"tive\, noun One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

destructive

adjective

1: causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism" [ant: {constructive}]


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