destructive Definition

causing great and irreparable damage or harm.

Using destructive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "destructive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The hurricane was a destructive force, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

  • Example

    His destructive behavior towards others caused him to lose many friends.

  • Example

    The company's decision to cut corners had a destructive impact on the environment.

  • Example

    Drug addiction can be a destructive force in a person's life.

destructive Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for destructive

Antonyms for destructive

Phrases with destructive

  • self-destructive

    tending to cause harm or damage to oneself


    Her self-destructive behavior led to her losing her job and damaging her relationships.

  • criticism that is intended to harm or damage someone or something


    His destructive criticism of her work caused her to lose confidence in herself.

  • the interference of two waves that results in a reduction of amplitude


    Destructive interference occurs when two waves are out of phase with each other.


Summary: destructive in Brief

The term 'destructive' [dɪˈstrʌktɪv] refers to something that causes great and irreparable damage or harm. It can describe natural disasters like hurricanes, as well as human behavior like drug addiction. Phrases like 'self-destructive' and 'destructive criticism' denote harm to oneself or others, while 'destructive interference' refers to a physics concept.

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