rec·re·a·tion·al | \ˌre-krē-ˈā-shnəl, -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

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Eight states and the District of Columbia now have legalized recreational pot, while a total of 29 more allow it for medical purposes. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Medical Marijuana: Can vets grow their own medicine?," 28 June 2018 In California, 57% of voters approved Proposition 64 last year, requiring the state to begin issuing licenses to sell recreational pot starting Jan. 1. Hugo Martin,, "Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers," 22 June 2018 As legal recreational pot goes live in Massachusetts, new questions arise. Robin Abrahams,, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018 The new bill is cosponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, where recreational pot is legal. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018 In a bio for the Denver event, which organizers say drew 3,000 industry professionals from around the country, Hayes billed herself as chief sustainability officer for Deschutes Growery, a recreational pot company based in Bend. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, "Cylvia Hayes sparks 'social responsibility' talk at marijuana event," 8 Feb. 2018 Find out more and register at Summer dance classes To the Pointe Academy offers recreational dance classes for ages 3 and older. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "British Soccer Camp coming to Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc," 9 July 2018 The health authority directs the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, while the Liquor Control Commission regulates recreational pot. Washington Post, "Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems," 13 July 2018 Men and women playing together, at both recreational and professional levels, has always been a signature of tennis. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "To Know Mixed Doubles’ Place in Tennis, Look at the Prize Money," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of recreational

: done for enjoyment

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

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