Definition of retentive
: having the power, property, or capacity of retaining soils retentive of moisture; especially : retaining knowledge easily a retentive memory
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If humans could be similarly modified, our corresponding brains might become extraordinarily retentive.
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Origin and Etymology of retentive
Middle English retentif, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from Latin retentus, past participle of retinēre
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
RETENTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retentive for English Language Learners
: having the ability to remember things easily or for a long time
Medical Definition of retentive
: tending to retain: asa: retaining knowledge : having a good memory a retentive mindb: of, relating to, or being a dental retainer
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