rec·​re·​a·​tion·​al ˌre-krē-ˈā-shnəl How to pronounce recreational (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of recreation
a recreational area
recreational activities
: 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
recreationally adverb

Examples of recreational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After reporting a $36 million deficit in 2018 fueled largely by misspending, the NRA cut back on longstanding programs that had been core to its mission, including training and education, recreational shooting and law enforcement initiatives. Jake Offenhartz The Associated Press,, 24 Feb. 2024 Above all, the home is ideal for privacy-seeking individuals hoping to create a one-of-a-kind family legacy compound with just about every amenity under the sun and, hence, few recreational reasons to leave the property. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 The recreational marijuana law does not deal with delta-8. Haley Bemiller, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Vision Marine's commitment to eco-friendly electric powerboats is reshaping the recreational boating experience, offering higher speeds, longer ranges, and smoother rides than traditional internal combustion engine boats. Charlotte Observer, 23 Feb. 2024 Just like alcohol, anyone purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon, Washington, or any other state in which marijuana is legalized must be at least 21 years old. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 22 Feb. 2024 And after the November election, recreational marijuana became legal in eight states, including California. Molly Sullivan, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Long awaited According to a study by the Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf, the recreational cannabis market in Germany could reach as high as €4 billion, or $4.2 billion. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The state is in the process of setting up a lottery for applicants seeking a recreational cannabis license under Maryland’s first round designed to foster social equity, which lawmakers championed as an argument for legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


recreation + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recreational was in 1656

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“Recreational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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