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

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recreationally adverb

Examples of recreational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per Burns, Michigan Supply and Provisions in Morenci makes a lot of its cash off Ohioans frustrated with that state’s lack of recreational laws and onerous medical marijuana program. cleveland, "Michigan goes green!: The Flyover," 2 Dec. 2019 Metro Detroit marijuana shops give advice to first time recreational marijuana buyers. Jackie Borchardt,, "Recreational marijuana sales begin in Michigan: Here's what Ohioans need to know," 1 Dec. 2019 More than 1,400 of Michigan’s nearly 1,800 cities, townships and villages are not allowing recreational businesses. Author: David Eggert, Kathleen Foody, Anchorage Daily News, "Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales," 1 Dec. 2019 These newly above-board recreational outlets are battling to out-brand one another. The Economist, "Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate," 29 Nov. 2019 For 45 years, the Columbia Figure Skating Club has provided area skaters with opportunities to pursue recreational and competitive skating at its home, the Columbia Ice Rink in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Carolyn Kelemen,, "With many chances to see ‘The Nutcracker’ in Howard, familiarity breeds fans’ devotion," 26 Nov. 2019 The trail’s wider pathways would give travelers more protection from passing cars and trucks while connecting them with recreational, business and entertainment venues around the city. Larry Barszewski,, "A bike trail through Fort Lauderdale: 5 things we know and 5 things we don’t," 26 Nov. 2019 Canvassers for two recreational cannabis initiatives are in the early stages of gathering signatures, with thousands already on paper. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "Push on to get pot proposals on ballot," 24 Nov. 2019 The goal was to boost recreational freshwater fisheries, a common practice in those days. Bill May,, "Bill May: Searching for Potomac blue catfish," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of recreational was in 1656

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recreational.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of recreational

: done for enjoyment
of a drug : used for pleasure instead of for medical purposes

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delight or enjoyment

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