re·​pet·​i·​tive ri-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce repetitive (audio)
: containing repetition
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 The film’s focus on ritual is often tongue-in-cheek, from extended sequences of actual traditions geared toward forcing Meena to marry Pandi, to more mechanical goings-on, like the repetitive tradition of rope-starting the rickety rickshaw. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 There’s the cold, the repetitive movement, and the often wet hands, which causes painful skin damage. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Babies’ first attempts at teasing involve repetitive provocations that often involve an element of surprise, such as offering and withdrawing objects and disrupting other peoples’ activities. Jack Guy, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 When Is a Cru Not a Cru? Not to be repetitive, but cru only has a real meaning within France. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 That’s especially true as AI further integrates itself into the workforce, threatening to completely consume repetitive, rote tasks one by one—leaving just the creative, interpersonal skills to humans. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 But there is more to it than just repetitive strain. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 The show overall, though, is too repetitive and cutesy for me. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 But over time, most patients will begin to experience the pain during the day as well – this is especially true for people who spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks with their hands and arms such as driving or typing. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of repetitive was in 1756

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“Repetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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re·​pet·​i·​tive ri-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce repetitive (audio)
repetitively adverb
repetitiveness noun

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