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

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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And Arts' set Thursday was sort of limited too: the songs were pretty, romantic, and repetitive. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chase Rice, Courtney Barnett and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 8," 4 July 2019 This design, which prompted chuckles from guests, was a welcome relief from what was a rather heavy 65-look-collection that suffered at times from being overly repetitive. Washington Post, "Dior goes black in Paris show that celebrates couture roots," 1 July 2019 Still, some of the visual comedy seems formulaic, and an extended sequence in the Second Chance Antique Store grows murky and repetitive. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Toy Story 4’ Review: Once Again, With Joy and Deep Feeling," 20 June 2019 The slow and repetitive task seems perfect for robotic driving technology, which is still very much in development. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week," 16 June 2019 Similarly repetitive and ridiculous are the many scenes of heroic scientists confronting intransigent bureaucrats by explicitly criticizing the Soviet system of decision-making. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 But the repetitive, erratic signals have allowed patient astronomers to learn more about this FRB than any other. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019 Unpaid hours — washing her own cleaning rags at night, driving to and from distant clients, redoing work that clients weren’t pleased with — were plentiful, and repetitive stress injuries were frequent. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Author Stephanie Land on struggling against a system seemingly stacked against the working poor," 23 Jan. 2019 Trying to drink more water every day can seem at best boring and repetitive and at worst well, a little torturous. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of repetitive

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2019

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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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