destructiveness








adjective

  1. tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often followed by of or to): a very destructive windstorm.
  2. tending to overthrow, disprove, or discredit (opposed to constructive): destructive criticism.

adjective

  1. (often postpositive and foll by of or to) causing or tending to cause the destruction (of)
  2. intended to disprove or discredit, esp without positive suggestions or help; negativedestructive criticism Compare constructive (def. 1)
adj.

late 15c., from Old French destructif (14c.), from Late Latin destructivus, from destruct-, past participle stem of Latin destruere (see destroy).

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