deteriorative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

deteriorate +‎ -ive

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Adjective[edit]

deteriorative (comparative more deteriorative, superlative most deteriorative)

  1. Causing deterioration.
    • 2007 June 24, Paul Von Zielbauer, “A Marine Tutorial on Media ‘Spin’”, in New York Times[1]:
      This schema is especially fruitful for Mr. McGirk because if he tries to adapt our situation to this model it simultaneously exposes a “war crime cover-up” and shows the deteriorative (albeit exaggerated) effects of war on U.S. marines (the best of the best), which could be expanded by the general press as a testament for why the U.S. should pull out of Iraq.

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