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

Examples of concessive in a Sentence

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

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Cite this Entry

“Concessive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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