ab·​sorb·​a·​tive | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bə-tiv How to pronounce absorbative (audio) , -ˈzȯr- also ab- \

Definition of absorbative

: absorptive He had enjoyed the life with the peculiar appropriative, assimilative, absorbative gust of the typical schoolboy.— L. B. Walford, Longman's Magazine, 1893 … mycorrhizae increase the absorbative power of root systems … by 10 to 1,000 times.— Rachel Foster, Eugene Weekly, 8 Nov. 2007

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First Known Use of absorbative

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absorbative

absorb + -ative

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“Absorbative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbative. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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