rec·​re·​a·​tion·​al | \ ˌre-krē-ˈā-shnəl How to pronounce recreational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of recreational

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of recreation a recreational area recreational activities
2 : of or relating to recreational drugs or their use a recreational drug user Colorado's burgeoning marijuana industry had struggled under its own astonishing success since legal recreational sales began Jan. 1.— David Migoya

Other Words from recreational

recreationally adverb

Examples of recreational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Niehaus said the group expects to finish verifying the rest of the signatures for the recreational marijuana measure in the next week or so. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 Counterintuitively, the report also shows that consumers spent more on recreational goods and vehicles. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Fixes included installing a modern surveillance system, revising use of force rules, reducing solitary confinement and making sure children get physical and recreational activity. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Commercial and recreational fishermen are in the waters hoping to catch menhaden and striped bass, officials said. John R. Ellement,, 29 July 2022 This means there is a high potential for their presence in recreational waters frequented by swimmers and surfers. Katie Hunt, CNN, 28 July 2022 LeJeune said the complex’s T-ball field is the only one with recreational turf. al, 28 July 2022 In this episode, reporter Jessica Miller and editor Jeff Parrott talk about how anglers and the megadrought is impacting Utah’s recreational fishing industry, specifically where and how the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks fish. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2022 Medicinal and recreational cannabis are legal in many U.S. states, but both are prohibited in Russia. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recreational

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recreational

recreation + -al entry 1

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1 Aug 2022

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“Recreational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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