self-destructive


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self-destructive

(sĕlf′dĭ-strŭk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Tending to do harm to oneself.
2. Marked by an impulse or tendency to harm or kill oneself.

self′-de·struc′tive·ly adv.
self′-de·struc′tive·ness n.
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