Definition of recursive
1 : of, relating to, or involving recursion a recursive function in a computer program
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a procedure that can repeat itself indefinitely a recursive rule in a grammar
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The alternative to Mishra’s view might be that the dynamic of cosmopolitanism and nostalgic reaction is permanent and recursive.
French public culture has a cycling, recursive past: something as simple as a barricade on a Paris street today alludes to the barricades of 1968, which themselves echo the barricades of 1945, and 1871, and 1848, and 1830.
This kind of recursive reasoning is why one cannot easily reason about game situations in isolation, which is at the heart of local search methods for perfect information games.
The specific mechanism the hackers used is known as a recursive call vulnerability, — essentially a malicious transaction that moves money away from the D.A.O. into a side fund in an endlessly repeating loop.
Lately Apple is trying to throw itself down a recursive rabbit-hole.
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