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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Destructive  \De*struc"tive\,  n. 
  One  who  destroys;  a  radical  reformer;  a  destructionist. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Destructive  \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.  --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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  destructive 
  adj  :  causing  destruction  or  much  damage;  "a  policy  that  is 
  destructive  to  the  economy";  "destructive  criticism" 
  [ant:  {constructive}] 




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