re·​pet·​i·​tive | \ri-ˈpe-tə-tiv \

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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To be able to tell a story about romance in a way that is not repetitive but is constant is hard. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Stacey Abrams on Sex Ed, Mental Health, and Romance Novels," 28 Sep. 2018 But some folks still prefer low intensity workouts — repetitive moderate motion for 30 to 45 minutes. Mike Candelaria,, "Which workout is best for you: High or low intensity?," 5 July 2018 There is something beautiful in being repetitive and hitting grooves and staying in the groove. Howard Reich,, "Dee Dee Bridgewater digs into sounds of Memphis," 30 May 2018 At this point, discussing Randle's elevated play is getting a little repetitive. Tania Ganguli,, "Five takeaways from the Lakers' 131-113 win over the Miami Heat," 2 Mar. 2018 But the roles grew repetitive and Stuart left Hollywood., "Today: O, Say Can You Breathe?," 4 July 2018 Though Ava’s depression grew repetitive as Mr. Williams’s melodic invention flagged midway through, the opera’s shocking end was effective. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera,’ ‘Rocking Horse Winner’ and ‘The Consul’ Reviews," 9 July 2018 Mooncrash isn’t even subtle about the connection between cyclical themes and repetitive gameplay. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Prey: Mooncrash’s dystopic nightmare hits a little too close to home," 28 June 2018 Shaqiri will not be an alternative to Nabil Fekir, whose Liverpool transfer fell through last week at the final hurdle over concerns about a repetitive knee injury the 24-year-old keeps receiving., "Liverpool Set to Make Their Move for Xherdan Shaqiri Once Swiss Star Returns From the World Cup," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of repetitive

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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