depressive

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adjective

de·​pres·​sive di-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce depressive (audio)
dē-
1
: tending to depress
2
: of, relating to, marked by, or affected by psychological depression
depressive symptoms
a depressive patient
depressively adverb

depressive

2 of 2

noun

: one who is affected with or prone to psychological depression

Example Sentences

Adjective the depressive story about a struggling artist
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But the dour lyrics, depicting an uncomfortably relatable depressive episode, offer little in the way of relief. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 18 Nov. 2022 An estimated 31% of adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, per the National Institute of Mental Health, while roughly 8% of adults experienced a major depressive episode in the last year. Julia Ries, SELF, 5 Oct. 2022 Also indicative of this is cheeriness after a depressive episode. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Sep. 2022 About one in five teenagers in the United States have experienced a major depressive episode, or persistent feeling of sadness or hopelessness, at some point, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The researchers also found found 1.2 to 5.8 times higher odds of a major depressive episode associated with the experience of home foreclosure during the Great Recession. Max Zahn, ABC News, 29 June 2022 The percentage of adolescents who have experienced at least one major depressive episode increased by 60 percent from 2007 to 2019. Meimei Fox, Forbes, 26 June 2022 The organization also states that an estimated that 8.4% of all U.S. adults suffered with at least one major depressive episode in 2020 alone. Nicole Pajer, PEOPLE.com, 10 June 2022 In 2020 alone, approximately 21 million adults in America experienced at least one major depressive episode, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)—that’s 8.4% of the country’s population. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022
Noun
This nightmarish scenario is a dream for Sheila (an excellently unnerving Kaley Cuoco), a neurotic depressive searching for purpose and a second chance. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2022 Ray is a ruminative depressive who was institutionalized in 1979. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2022 Then there was Rushmore, about the friendship between a teenage oddball played by Jason Schwartzman and a wealthy depressive played by Bill Murray, the Anderson film that even the Anderson averse admit to tolerating. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Cases for depressive and anxiety disorders last year are estimated to have increased by more than a quarter—an unusually large surge. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 8 Oct. 2021 In her first two novels, Conversations With Friends (2017) and Normal People (2018), the young Irish writer Sally Rooney resurrected the depressive, evacuated style that Ernest Hemingway made his signature. Caleb Crain, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 Writing about a listless depressive with seemingly no deep passions or excitements and no significant relationship with any other living being is the far greater challenge Lahiri has set herself. Sigrid Nunez, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2021 Some people may experience psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices) or experience suicidal thoughts due to the severity of their depressive or anxiety symptoms, Dr. Magavi says. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 7 May 2021 The producer was a lifelong depressive whose last film had also flopped. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depressive was in 1620

Dictionary Entries Near depressive

Cite this Entry

“Depressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressive. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

depressive 1 of 2

adjective

de·​pres·​sive di-ˈpres-iv How to pronounce depressive (audio)
1
: tending to depress
2
: of, relating to, marked by, or affected by psychological depression
the patient was paranoid and depressive
depressive symptoms

depressive

2 of 2

noun

: one who is affected with or prone to psychological depression
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