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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French destructif, from Latin destructivus, from past participle of destruere(to tear down, destroy) + -ivus.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈstɹʌktɪv/, /dɪˈstɹʊktɪv/

AdjectiveEdit

destructive ‎(comparative more destructive, superlative most destructive)

  1. Causing destruction; damaging.
    • 2013 February 14, Scott Tobias, “Film: Reviews: A Good Day To Die Hard”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      After rescuing his estranged daughter in the last film, Live Free Or Die Hard, Willis heads to Russia to rescue his estranged son (Jai Courtney), a CIA agent on a mission to protect a whistleblower (Sebastian Koch) from a corrupt government official (Sergei Kolesnikov) with no shortage of destructive resources at his disposal.
  2. Causing breakdown or disassembly.
    Catabolism is a destructive metabolism that involves the breakdown of molecules and release of energy.
  3. (computing) Lossy; causing irreversible change.
    Blurring an image is a destructive operation, but rotating an image is not.

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AdjectiveEdit

destructive

  1. feminine singular of destructif

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

dēstructīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēstructīvus