re·​ten·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌrē-ˌten-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce retentivity (audio)
: the power of retaining
specifically : the capacity for retaining magnetism after the action of the magnetizing force has ceased

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retentivity was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Retentivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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