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 Virginia also legalized recreational marijuana effective July 1. Washington Post, "After the death of George Floyd, lawmakers in Md., Va. and D.C. set out to hold police more accountable. Here are some key measures.," 6 May 2021 Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the country’s most progressive marijuana legalization bill, making New York the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Kevin T. Dugan, Curbed, "New York Weed Dealers Face a Choice: Go Corporate or Stay Underground," 4 May 2021 Voters in Washington and Colorado in 2012 made their states the first to legalize recreational marijuana. Thomas Peipert And Michael R. Blood, Chron, "Marijuana social equity: Seeds planted but will they grow?," 3 May 2021 If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the bill would not legalize recreational marijuana. al, "Whitmire: Alabama can’t kick its marijuana problem," 1 May 2021 Voters in Washington and Colorado in 2012 made their states the first to legalize recreational marijuana. Thomas Peipert And Michael R. Blood, Star Tribune, "Social equity in marijuana industry still largely pipe dream," 29 Apr. 2021 The money will come from the sale of recreational marijuana and qualifying households would receive $25,000 for home repairs, down payments on property, and interest or late penalties on property in the city. Kevin Freking,, "Democratic-led panel advances slavery reparations bill to full US House," 15 Apr. 2021 As more states legalize adult use of recreational marijuana, researchers have been trying to determine whether the drug might have deleterious effects on fetuses. NBC News, "Heavy marijuana use during pregnancy linked to premature birth, early infant death," 23 Apr. 2021 The judiciary committee advanced a bill earlier this month to legalize recreational marijuana. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut lawmakers pass tax bill directing legal weed revenue to address equity and the impact of the war on drugs," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Recreational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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