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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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Recent Examples on the Web Pritzker also pushed to increase revenue: the state legalized adult-use recreational marijuana in January. Shruti Singh,, "Pritzker Finds Running Most-Troubled U.S. State Only Gets Harder," 18 May 2020 Eleven states have legalized recreational marijuana, along with the District of Columbia, and 33 states permit some form of medical use. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Marijuana's big moment: Pot stores are now essential businesses. Will legal weed go mainstream?," 20 Apr. 2020 Still, Obama's help to destigmatize recreational marijuana has pushed other politicians to take note of the significant changes that could come with legalization. Asia Ewart,, "All The Politicians Helping To Legalize Marijuana In The U.S. On 4/20," 20 Apr. 2020 One campaign behind the case in state court is aiming to get a question on the ballot legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Federal judge rejects bid to allow online signature collection for Arizona ballot measures," 17 Apr. 2020 Wochit After three months of steadily increasing sales of recreational marijuana, the rapid spread of the coronavirus had a quick and noticeable impact. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's legal weed sales have declined amid stay home order, despite delivery options," 3 Apr. 2020 Foxx’s office was the first to dismiss low-level marijuana convictions as part of Illinois’ law legalizing recreational marijuana. Washington Post, "Foxx touts record as Smollett case engulfs Illinois primary," 12 Mar. 2020 Tribal members will vote Tuesday on whether to approve medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, and allowing alcohol at the tribe’s casino. Stephen Groves,, "South Dakota tribe set to vote on legalizing marijuana," 8 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, activity around people's homes increased 10% in Arizona, according to Google's calculations, and only declined 7% around recreational areas from national parks to dog parks. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Google is tracking Arizonans behavior during coronavirus pandemic. Here's what the company found," 4 Apr. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Recreational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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