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adjective explosive pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈsploʊsɪv/
  1. 1
    used for causing an explosion

    an explosive device (=a bomb)

    1. a.
      able to explode

      This gas is highly explosive.

  2. 2
    likely to create difficulties or to have a dangerous or violent effect

    The situation along the border is potentially explosive.

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  3. 3
    very large in size, amount, or importance and happening over a very short period of time

    explosive population growth

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  4. 5
    very powerful

    The asteroid crashed into the planet with explosive force.

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