Definition of recessive
- recessive genes
- recessive traits
- a recessive disease
a recessive genius who was most comfortable working alone in his chemistry lab
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biology : causing or relating to a characteristic or condition that a child will have only if both of the child's parents have it
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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