ten·​sive ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce tensive (audio)
: of, relating to, or causing tension

Word History


borrowed from New Latin tensīvus, from Latin tensus tense entry 1 + -īvus -ive

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tensive was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Tensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensive. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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