as·​sis·​tive ə-ˈsi-stiv How to pronounce assistive (audio)
: providing aid or assistance
specifically : designed or intended to assist disabled persons
assistive technology

Examples of assistive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the common themes running through the seemingly disparate stories posted to this space is the idea that the most basic of technologies—namely, the internet—can be an assistive technology unto itself. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Conventional motion sensors for assistive technologies are often cumbersome, lack accuracy, or are not versatile enough to cater to individual needs. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2024 Beyond Accessibility Microsoft has written extensively about the new accessibility features in Windows 11 that join existing ones like Narrator, Magnifier, Closed Captions, and Windows Speech Recognition, along with support for third-party assistive hardware and software. PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 However, the atmosphere around assistive robots has gotten less hostile recently, as they've been utilized in many positive use cases. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 9 Mar. 2024 In some cases, the BLM is able to grade pathways and trails to a less-steep grade that could be easier to navigate for individuals who have trouble walking or use assistive equipment. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Kari’s comments about using art and technology to connect others and make people feel less alone is a poignant reminder of social media’s power as an assistive technology. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 In Missouri, 1,111 babies were born in 2021 using assistive reproductive technology, a category that includes IVF, according to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 28 Feb. 2024 Seek out adaptations Actively seeking out assistive technology to help open the world is beyond transformative. Sophie Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


assist entry 1 + -ive

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of assistive was in 1771

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“Assistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


as·​sist·​ive ə-ˈsis-tiv How to pronounce assistive (audio)
: providing aid or assistance
specifically : designed or intended to assist a disabled person in performing an activity, task, or function especially in an independent manner
assistive technology
Assistive devices help with the performance of daily activities. Most familiar are canes, crutches, and walkers. Other examples of simple assistive devices are raised toilet seats and firm pillows placed under the seats of chairs to help people with hip or knee arthritis to rise from a sitting position. Simeon Margolis, The Johns Hopkins White Pages
With some assistive devices, the visually impaired can do a variety of office jobs, using computers and telephones. Eric Aasen, The Dallas Morning News
Assistive technology (AT) by its very nature consists of a variety of personal and customized tools for multiple learning styles and physical challenges. Kelly Ahrens, Learning & Leading with Technology
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