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Synonyms for destructive
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructive(adj)

    causing destruction or much damage

    "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

    formative, inferential, rehabilitative, constructive, reconstructive, creative, shaping, plastic, structural


  1. destructive(adjective)

    eradicative, pernicious, ruinous, catastrophic, harmful, devastate, wrackful, calamitous, disastrous, wreckful

    constructive, nondestructive, productive

  2. destructive(adjective)

    Causing destruction; damaging.

    calamitous, wrackful, wreckful, pernicious, devastate, ruinous, eradicative, disastrous, catastrophic, harmful

    productive, constructive, nondestructive

  3. destructive(adjective)

    Causing break down or disassembly.

    Catabolism is a destructive metabolism which involves the break down of molecules and release of energy.

    devastate, wrackful, pernicious, calamitous, disastrous, ruinous, catastrophic, eradicative, wreckful, harmful

    constructive, nondestructive, productive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destructive

    Pernicious (Latin per, through, and neco, kill) signifies having the power of destroying or injuring, tending to hurt or kill. Pernicious is stronger than injurious; that which is injurious is capable of doing harm; that which is pernicious is likely to be destructive. Noxious (Latin noceo, hurt) is a stronger word than noisome, as referring to that which is injurious or destructive. Noisome now always denotes that which is extremely disagreeable or disgusting, especially to the sense of smell; as, the noisome stench proclaimed the presence of noxious gases.

    bad, baneful, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, evil, foul, harmful, hurtful, injurious, insalubrious, mischievous, noisome, noxious, pernicious, perverting, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ruinous, unhealthful, unwholesome

    advantageous, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, healthful, helpful, invigorating, life-giving, profitable, rejuvenating, salutary, serviceable, useful, wholesome

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destructive

    detrimental, hurtful, noxious, injurious, deleterious, baleful, baneful, ruinous, subversive

    wholesome, conservative, preservative, beneficial, reparatory, subsidiary, restorative

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. destructive(a.)

    ruinous, pernicious, deleterious, baleful, mischievous, fatal, deadly

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