Pronunciation: (ik-splō'siv), [key]
1. tending or serving to explode: an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.
2. pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion: explosive violence.
3. likely to lead to violence or hostility: an explosive issue.
1. an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
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