able or likely to explode:
Because the gas is highly explosive, it needs to be kept in high-pressure containers.
A small explosive device (=bomb) was set off outside the UN headquarters today.
2 [usually before noun]
relating to or like an explosion:
the explosive force of volcanoes
likely to become violent or to cause feelings of violence:
He's good at defusing potentially explosive situations.
the explosive issue of uncontrolled immigration
showing sudden strong or angry emotion:
Both men suddenly spoke in the same explosive tone of voice.
5 [usually before noun]
increasing suddenly or quickly in amount or number:
the explosive growth of microcomputers
an explosive sound is sudden and loud
—explosiveness noun [uncountable]