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  • causing destruction; damaging
  • Synonyms
  • * calamitous
  • * catastrophic
  • * devastating
  • * disastrous
  • * eradicative
  • * harmful
  • * ruinous
  • Antonyms
  • * constructive
  • * productive
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

De*struc"tive (?), a. [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.

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.

De*struc"tive, n. One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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