adj. belittling, derogative; slanderous, insulting

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  • detractive — index libelous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • detractive — adjective causing to decrease in importance or value detractive influences on the volume of investment • Similar to: ↑decreasing • Derivationally related forms: ↑detract …   Useful english dictionary

  • detractive — adjective see detraction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detractive — detractively, adv. detractiveness, n. /di trak tiv/, adj. tending or seeking to detract. Also, detractory /di trak teuh ree/. [1480 90; < MF detractif. See DETRACT, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • detractive — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Tending or intending to belittle: deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derogative, derogatory, disparaging, low, pejorative, slighting, uncomplimentary. See PRAISE. 2. Damaging to the… …   English dictionary for students

  • detractive — adj 1. belittling, disparaging, demeaning, deflating, derogatory, derogative, derogating, detractory, detracting, depreciatory, depreciative, depreciating, devaluating; humiliating, humbling, mortifying; lampooning, caricaturing, ridiculing,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • detractive — de·trac·tive …   English syllables

  • detractive — de•trac•tive [[t]dɪˈtræk tɪv[/t]] also de•trac•to•ry [[t] tə ri[/t]] adj. tending or seeking to detract • Etymology: 1480–90; < MF de•trac′tive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • detractive — /dəˈtræktɪv/ (say duh traktiv) adjective tending or seeking to detract; depreciative. Also, detractory /dəˈtræktəri/ (say duh traktuhree). –detractively, adverb …  

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