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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Recent Examples on the Web Everspace was a beautiful space sim saddled with a kind-of repetitive and tedious roguelike element. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The PC Gaming Show 2020: These are the new games PC enthusiasts need to see," 13 June 2020 The critical difference is that the persistent, repetitive, ritualistic thoughts, ideas and behaviors seen in those suffering from clinical OCD often take over the person’s life. David Rosenberg, The Conversation, "Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?," 15 June 2020 Takeda’s approach provides a way for machines to take over routine and repetitive tasks without investing in a big software project or worrying about legacy systems. Will Knight, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation," 12 June 2020 Since then, Houston has adapted its protocols to include repetitive COVID-19 testing as a component of any resumption of workouts on campus. Mark Heim |, al, "Houston suspends voluntary workouts, due to six symptomatic athletes testing positive for COVID-19," 12 June 2020 Scientists refer to it as a heartbeat because the pulsating around the black hole creates a repetitive signal that can be detected. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers witness the steadfast beating heart of a black hole," 12 June 2020 While the eSports world is fast growing, players do not exude the best physical health, with lifestyles in front of screens, unhealthy eating habits and repetitive hand and arm movements. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "eSports legend Jian 'Uzi' Zihao retires citing stress, obesity, diabetes, hand injury," 4 June 2020 That word also describes the critiques of progressive politics offered by the Times’ Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss: Their work is often glib and repetitive, marred by both factual errors and an incurious condescension. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Tom Cotton and the Elite Media’s Dalliance With Illiberalism," 7 June 2020 Her days were becoming more repetitive, blurring into a loop, akin to what Bill Murray’s character in the 1990s movie Groundhog Day experienced, minus the jokes. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "A mental health crisis is unfolding in the workplace. COVID-19 and racial injustice are to blame," 6 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Repetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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