Definition of recurrent
1 : running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course —used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs
2 : returning or happening time after time recurrent complaints
Examples of recurrent in a Sentence
The loss of innocence is a recurrent theme in his stories.
had recurrent problems with the computer for months and finally junked it
Recent Examples of recurrent from the Web
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During questioning of would-be jurors Tuesday, Shkreli’s life online was a recurrent theme.
Technology has finally progressed to the state where these characteristics can be included in recurrent training.
For months community has been a recurrent theme as Facebook approaches a major milestone — 2 billion people using the service at least once a month.
Recurrent lasers, explosions and fireballs further added to an atmosphere reminiscent of a movie-studio theme park.
The first step for people with persistent or recurrent joint symptoms is to get a proper diagnosis.
The recurrent posterior hip dislocation caused Pitta to miss the entire 2015 season.
Identity politics remain a recurrent hot potato in a nation where collecting data based on religious and ethnic backgrounds is banned and the wearing of religious symbols — such as face-covering veils — in public is prohibited.
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Origin and Etymology of recurrent
Latin recurrent-, recurrens, present participle of recurrere
First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
RECURRENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of recurrent for English Language Learners
: happening or appearing again and again
RECURRENT Defined for Kids
Definition of recurrent for Students
: happening or appearing again and again a recurrent infection
Medical Definition of recurrent
1: running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course—used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs
2: returning or happening time after time recurrent pain
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