re·​pet·​i·​tive | \ ri-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce repetitive (audio) \

Definition of repetitive

2 : containing repetition

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As analysts get caught in the repetitive, distracting cycle of fear-mongering and market speculation, our planet wanes in real-time. Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Against this wide variety of eras, places, occupations and cultures is a repetitive counterpoint of sameness. Immy Humes, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 The hardest Wordle answer of July 2022 proved to be rather ironic, too, considering the repetitive nature of the game. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 But a novel or useful alert can become a meaningless repetitive noise over time. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 But knowing the outcome from the top brings an element of impatience to these repetitive trips. Peter Debruge, Variety, 28 July 2022 Sewing tents is repetitive manual labor, and no one wants to get sidelined by carpal tunnel. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, 26 July 2022 Using a combination of simple repetitive exercises, Pilates recruits tremendous core strength and other muscular activity. Stefani Sassos, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 Sportswriters are attuned to the arduous path from youth ball to the major leagues, the game’s inherent failures and daily repetitive grind even the best players endure. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of repetitive

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Repetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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