retentive

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adjective re·ten·tive \-ˈten-tiv\

Definition of retentive

  1. :  having the power, property, or capacity of retaining soils retentive of moisture; especially :  retaining knowledge easily a retentive memory

retentively

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retentiveness

noun

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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


RETENTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

retentive

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Definition of retentive for English Language Learners

  • : having the ability to remember things easily or for a long time


Medical Dictionary

retentive

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adjective re·ten·tive \ri-ˈten-tiv\

Medical Definition of retentive

  1. :  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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