depressive

adjective
de·​pres·​sive | \ di-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce depressive (audio) , 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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Adjective

depressively adverb

Examples of depressive in a Sentence

Adjective the depressive air of a dingy barroom where locals went to drown their sorrows
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nearly 25% of the students reported depressive symptoms in May, when only about 19% did in November. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Covid-19 school closings linked to increase in depression and suicide, study finds," 11 Sep. 2020 The depressive mood only lifts with the electric title song, clearly the best of a middling list of tunes. Star Tribune, "New music review: For Katy Perry, 'Smile' is a return to pop full of apologies," 27 Aug. 2020 Even if most of the general population doesn’t experience full fledged depressive episodes during the winter, many can relate to feeling glum or not wanting to engage with others during the darkest months of the year. National Geographic, "Why seasonal depression can happen in the summer too," 26 Aug. 2020 Throughout the memoir, Chang details periods of both serious depressive and manic phases. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Chef David Chang Opens Up About Bipolar I Disorder in New Memoir: 'It Has Shaped Me In So Many Ways'," 26 Aug. 2020 The survey found that 26% of respondents had symptoms that indicate anxiety disorder, while 24% had symptoms that indicated depressive disorder. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The staggering stats on how the coronavirus has impacted the mental health of Americans," 23 Aug. 2020 The survey shows more people are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression, but the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders is unclear. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "The pandemic is taking a toll on Americans' mental health. A new CDC study shows who we need to worry about most.," 13 Aug. 2020 Since the coronavirus pandemic began, one in three adults in the US report symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders, according to a June survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Why Michelle Obama opening up about depression is a big deal for Black women," 8 Aug. 2020 That’s way up from the numbers from June 2019, when 8% of Americans had anxiety symptoms, while only 7% had depressive symptoms. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The staggering stats on how the coronavirus has impacted the mental health of Americans," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun King’s characters are writers, doctors, teachers, bullied kids, depressives, alcoholics, people on low incomes. Washington Post, "‘Doctor Sleep’ tries to reconcile the visions of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. But is that possible?," 8 Nov. 2019 Here, the motte: The acutely suicidal, the delusional, the manic-depressives, and other students with serious mental illnesses should be allowed to miss school to attend to symptoms that arise from their relative conditions. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Against Oregon Public Schools’ ‘Mental-Health Days’," 24 July 2019 The Elvis, the Jesus, the Galileo of this monument was a fella named George Ellery Hale, a brilliant manic-depressive who built this dome and two telescopes, then invited the world – including Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble — to come up to play. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Postcard From L.A.: In the moon glow of Mt. Wilson, go find your place in the cosmos," 15 July 2019 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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“Depressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressive. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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depressive

adjective
How to pronounce depressive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of depressive

medical : of or relating to the medical condition of depression

depressive

adjective
de·​pres·​sive | \ di-ˈpres-iv How to pronounce depressive (audio) \

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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