Meaning of unconstructive in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnkənˈstrʌktɪv/


  • Not having a useful or beneficial purpose; negative.

    ‘this approach was unconstructive as it gave no incentive to develop’
    • ‘unconstructive advice’
    • ‘We would not want people involved who wanted to behave in an unconstructive way.’
    • ‘The best I can say for myself is that at least I'm not wasting my time in an entirely unconstructive manner at the moment.’
    • ‘It was an unconstructive way to spend a day let alone a life time.’
    • ‘The Guggenheim family would not have poured billions of dollars into their museum if all they get are unconstructive complaints and criticisms.’
    • ‘You're either a poor communicator or knowingly behaving in an extremely antagonistic and unconstructive manner.’
    • ‘He said the outspoken airline chief's comments were ill-informed and unconstructive.’
    • ‘While politicians and civil servants ought to be brought to account, constant, unconstructive complaints are, in the end, counter-productive.’
    • ‘I, for one, hope the voice of those in favour is heard as loud and clearly as the unconstructive comments at the meeting.’
    • ‘Does she not have the same right as the other councillors to offer fresh ideas, without fear of needless, unconstructive and childish bullying?’
    • ‘The atmosphere is rancorous and unconstructive.’
    • ‘I think there is a real risk of a backlash of unconstructive farmer bashing if there is not a significant change in the way Governments deal with the funding of agricultural industries.’
    • ‘One of the things that made the protests so ugly and unconstructive was the gross exaggeration and the unwillingness of both sides to acknowledge the slightest nugget of merit to the other faction's position.’
    making difficulties, unhelpful, uncooperative, awkward, difficult, unaccommodating, disobliging, unconstructive, perverse, contrary