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From Latin explōs-, stem of the perfect passive participle of explōdō + the suffix -ive.
explosive (comparative more explosive, superlative most explosive)
- With the capability to, or likely to, explode.
- an explosive device
- Having the character of an explosion.
- an explosive fire
- (figurative) Shocking; startling.
- an explosive accusation
- (slang) Easily driven to anger, usually with reference to a person.
- He has an explosive personality.
with the capability to, or likely to, explode
having the character of an explosion
shocking — see shocking
easily driven to anger
explosive (plural explosives)
- Any explosive substance.
- (linguistics, dated) A plosive.
- 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, Olympia Press:
- The words of these songs were either without meaning, or derived from an idiom with which Watt, a very fair linguist, had no acquaintance. The open a sound was predominant, and the explosives k and g.
- inflection of explosiv:
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