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.


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


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De*struc"tive, n.

One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.


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