depressive

adjective
de·​pres·​sive | \di-ˈpre-siv, dē-\

Definition of depressive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to depress

2 : of, relating to, marked by, or affected by psychological depression depressive symptoms a depressive patient

depressive

noun

Definition of depressive (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is affected with or prone to psychological depression

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depressively adverb

Examples of depressive in a Sentence

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the depressive air of a dingy barroom where locals went to drown their sorrows

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But depressive thoughts don't automatically result in violent tendencies, said Marie Williams, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Matt Bevin blames school shootings on phones, psychotropic drugs," 26 June 2018 The National Survey of Drug Use and Health found that in 2016 about 3.1 million teenagers experienced a major depressive episode. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Study Finds Links in Brain Between Sleep and Depression," 30 July 2018 In hindsight, her bizarre behaviors were classic manic-depressive symptoms. Lini S. Kadaba, Philly.com, "Fighting the stigma of mental illness, one brave story at a time," 31 May 2018 This outdoor therapy has helped me counteract the depressive amount of negative news in the media. Said Ahmed-zaid, idahostatesman, "Finding purpose in fasting during Ramadan | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 Teenage girls more often show depressive disorders and substance abuse. William Wan, Washington Post, "The trauma of separation lingers long after children are reunited with parents," 20 June 2018 There are many reasons to experience depressive symptoms in the summertime. Beth Mccoll, SELF, "A Shout Out to Anyone Who Deals With Depression in the Summer," 6 July 2018 It's estimated more than three million U.S. children age 12 to 17 have at least one major depressive episode per year. CBS News, "How a mom's reaction to son's depression helped him out of "darkness"," 3 July 2018 The same year that the brothers found out about Neubauer’s machinations, Galland, following a series of what appeared to be manic-depressive episodes, tragically killed himself. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy," 29 June 2018

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Robin Weigert plays Verena Baptist, a charismatic leader in ivory cashmere, who reveals to Plum that her mother, the successful inventor of a famously restrictive diet course, was a depressive who knew her own plan was sadistic and unsustainable. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "On AMC, ‘Dietland’ serves up a revenge fantasy for the era of MeToo.," 12 June 2018 And the same factors that turned many smug Democrats into depressives in November have elated many Republicans. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, "Why Are Businesses Still So Giddy About Donald Trump?," 31 Mar. 2017 For the cool depressives, the irony of the vibrant, cheerful colors juxtaposed with a bored stare works best. Fiona Wallice, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fashion Therapy," 15 Feb. 2011 Let’s get rid of Infirmary Feminism, with its bedlam of bellyachers, anorexics, bulimics, depressives, rape victims and incest survivors. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "From Camille Paglia, ‘Free Women, Free Men’ and No Sacred Cows," 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of depressive

Adjective

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of depressive

medical : of or relating to the medical condition of depression

depressive

adjective
de·​pres·​sive | \di-ˈpres-iv \

Medical Definition of depressive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to depress

2 : of, relating to, marked by, or affected by psychological depression the patient was paranoid and depressive depressive symptoms

depressive

noun

Medical Definition of depressive (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is affected with or prone to psychological depression

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