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 That in turn streamlines accounting processes and accurate financial reporting, which reduces time needed for repetitive and corrective manual work. Jeff Thomson, Forbes, 11 June 2021 News is rarely made at such events and both the questions and answers tend to be repetitive and superficial. Chris Jones,, 2 June 2021 The jobs are highly repetitive and relentless, and have become only more so as the warehouses have become further automated, with more robots for workers to keep pace with and more surveillance tools to track their performance. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 13 Apr. 2021 Two months into a campaign that was supposed to offer the Stars another shot at the Stanley Cup, the season has become too familiar and too repetitive — and not in a good way. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2021 Even abridged to a quarter of the original, its long central section struck me as repetitive, tedious and cartoonishly crude. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 And these technologies are already taking on the more repetitive tasks and routine work of employees. Ilya Gandzeichuk, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Stick with it, though, and the Hulu movie sort of grows on you, mindless fun that finds the comic absurdities in its protagonist's highly repetitive plight. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 Mar. 2021 The last decade, however, has challenged and changed rap’s aesthetics: Flows — the rhythmic patterns of vocal performance — have grown more melodic and more repetitive. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Repetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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