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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Other Words from depressive

Adjective

depressively adverb

Examples of depressive in a Sentence

Adjective

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

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One study shows that women experience more depressive symptoms during their first year of physician training. Quartz at Work, "Young female doctors are at high risk for burnout and “self-care” is not the answer," 27 June 2019 Specific biological, psychological, and environmental factors contribute to depressive symptoms in college students, the Journal of Affective Disorders notes. Jon Patrick Hatcher, Good Housekeeping, "College Depression and Anxiety Are Serious — Here's How to Help Yourself or a Friend," 26 June 2019 Marten Scheffer and his collaborators have found that critical slowing down in mood variations can serve as an indicator of impending depressive episodes. Quanta Magazine, "Nature’s Critical Warning System," 18 Nov. 2015 Does someone with depression remain a depressive if her symptoms are kept fully in check with medication and treatment? Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang Maps the Terrain of Her Mental Illness," 4 June 2019 Fluoxetine, the generic form of Prozac, now comes in dozens of pet-friendly flavors, including peanut butter, apple and molasses, double grape, double liver, double beef, double fish, and — for the especially carnivorous depressive — triple fish. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Johnson, a manic depressive with borderline personality disorder, spent decades addicted to drugs and alcohol, beginning with marijuana at age 8. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I survived. I made it out’: She used to be addicted to crack cocaine. Now, she wants to help opioid abusers.," 10 May 2018 Of those 162 links, 39 were also associated with depressive problems. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Study Finds Links in Brain Between Sleep and Depression," 30 July 2018 Still living at home, and this show has given me the invigoration to keep moving and not fall into a depressive rut. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "What 10 Reddit Men Learned From Watching the New Queer Eye," 9 Apr. 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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depressive

adjective

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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