concessive

adjective

con·​ces·​sive kən-ˈse-siv How to pronounce concessive (audio)
1
: denoting concession
a concessive clause
2
: making for or being a concession
concessively adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Soon afterwards, the two students told the CU Independent that DiStefano had emailed them, again making concessive noises. Spencer Case, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of concessive was in 1711

Dictionary Entries Near concessive

Cite this Entry

“Concessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concessive. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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