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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Doctors diagnose autism based on behaviors - rigidity, repetitive habits, difficulty with seeing things from someone else's perspective. oregonlive, "Mom sues, saying prolific sperm donor passed along autism," 15 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, especially in gnaoua music, the repetitive rhythm structure based on binary or ternary patterns is quite hypnotic and leads to a transcendental state that can totally be linked to what's happening in an electronic music club. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Moroccan Label Head Driss Bennis on How the Country's Emerging Electronic Scene Is 'Subconsciously Influenced by Our Roots'," 12 Sep. 2019 The doctor told them that Tyler had CTE, a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to the repetitive hits sustained by playing football. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 Would some intervention in a small, repetitive action have saved a few minutes of operating time so that, added up, the surgeon might be able to operate on one more patient a week? Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 And many perform seemingly pointless, repetitive actions that sometimes result in self-harm. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 In coastal Vietnam, the process of making this paste utilizes this same method of repetitive action: a mass of shrimp are dried, ground up, pickled, then dried again, each step concentrating and sharpening the flavor. Soleil Ho,, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 For hardcore gamers and streamers, some of the topics discussed could be repetitive. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins offers tips to help you ‘Get Good’ at gaming in his new book," 16 Aug. 2019 Lots of excessively long action sequences not only get repetitive, but also push most character beats to the beginning and end of the season. Judy Berman, Time, "Season 3 of Stranger Things Proves It Isn't Really a TV Show Anymore—It's a Franchise," 30 June 2019

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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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