Destructive vs Ultimate - What's the difference?

destructive | ultimate |

As adjectives the difference between destructive and ultimate

is that destructive is causing destruction; damaging while ultimate is final; last in a series.

As a noun ultimate is

the most basic or fundamental of a set of things.




(en adjective)
  • Causing destruction; damaging.
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  • Causing breakdown or disassembly.
  • Catabolism is a destructive metabolism which involves the break down of molecules and release of energy.


    * calamitous * catastrophic * devastating * disastrous * eradicative * harmful * pernicious * ruinous * wrackful * wreckful


    * constructive * nondestructive * productive




    (wikipedia ultimate) (-)
  • Final; last in a series.
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  • (of a syllable) Last in a word or other utterance.
  • Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.
  • the ultimate pleasure
    the ultimate disappointment
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  • Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  • Being the most distant or extreme; farthest.
  • That will happen at some time; eventual.
  • Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
  • * Coleridge
  • those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we cannot rationally contradict
  • Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental.
  • an ultimate constituent of matter


    * proximate

    Derived terms

    * antepenultimate * penultimate * ultimateness

    Coordinate terms

    * (syllable adjectives)


    (en noun)
  • The most basic or fundamental of a set of things
  • The final or most distant point; the conclusion
  • The greatest extremity; the maximum
  • (uncountable) The sport of ultimate frisbee.
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