re·​pet·​i·​tive | \ ri-ˈpe-tə-tiv \

Definition of repetitive

2 : containing repetition

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Other Words from repetitive

repetitively adverb
repetitiveness noun

Examples of repetitive in a Sentence

an injury caused by repetitive wrist movements She left the job because the work was too repetitive. At the risk of being repetitive, I must remind you again to be careful.
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But the way different cultures understand, talk about and treat people who exhibit the symptoms of autism — difficulty or disinterest in social interactions, repetitive behaviors and language impairments — can vary widely. Kate Tuttle,, "Hans Asperger's complex Nazi history," 15 June 2018 The prime minister on Friday will unveil the plan to better address autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by repetitive behaviors and impairment in verbal communication and social interaction. Washington Post, "Lagging decades behind on autism care, France plays catch-up," 5 Apr. 2018 Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges with social skills, communication and repetitive behaviors. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Children with autism less likely to be fully vaccinated, study finds," 26 Mar. 2018 Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "A&M strength coach’s autistic son finds strength from players; ‘Autism Awareness’ today," 3 Feb. 2018 Given the potential for repetitive rounds of rain over some of the same areas through Wednesday, flash flooding will develop in spots. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why So Many U.S. Flights Are Delayed This Week," 24 July 2018 Offbeat casting decisions enliven Callahan’s otherwise repetitive A.A. meetings, including the reliably odd Udo Kier and marvelous turns from the musicians Beth Ditto of Gossip and Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth). Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 His close friends were living the same repetitive, empty chapters: drugs, fights, anger, boredom. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Tolstoy behind bars: Why U-Va. students are reading Russian literature in a prison," 5 July 2018 Turns out, through 42 years in coaching — and all but two of them working with the offensive line — the 63-year-old assistant has become purposefully repetitive. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Inside the Solari-isms that have helped unleash the Seahawks’ resurgent offensive line," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of repetitive

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of repetitive was in 1756

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English Language Learners Definition of repetitive

: happening again and again : repeated many times
: having parts, actions, etc., that are repeated many times in a way that is boring or unpleasant

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