adjective \-ˈten-tiv\

: having the ability to remember things easily or for a long time

Full Definition of RETENTIVE

:  having the power, property, or capacity of retaining <soils retentive of moisture>; especially :  retaining knowledge easily <a retentive memory>
re·ten·tive·ly adverb
re·ten·tive·ness noun


Middle English retentif, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from Latin retentus, past participle of retinēre
First Known Use: 14th century


adjective \ri-ˈten-tiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RETENTIVE

: tending to retain: as a : retaining knowledge : having a good memory <a retentive mind> b : of, relating to, or being a dental retainer


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