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[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-] /əˈpri ʃə tɪv, -ʃi ə-, -ʃiˌeɪ-/
feeling or showing appreciation:
an appreciative audience at the concert.
Origin of appreciative
First recorded in 1690-1700; appreciate + -ive
Related forms
appreciatively, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
nonappreciative, adjective
nonappreciatively, adverb
nonappreciativeness, noun
overappreciative, adjective
overappreciatively, adverb
overappreciativeness, noun
unappreciative, adjective
unappreciatively, adverb
unappreciativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for appreciative
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  • They all laughed, not boisterously, actually an appreciative laugh.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The Leopard Woman sat her donkey, and surveyed it all with appreciative eyes.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • His lordship, remember, never lacked an appreciative eye for a fine woman.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • But the appreciative reading of any work of literature cannot thus be prescribed.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The author is an appreciative Englishman, and tells his story well.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
British Dictionary definitions for appreciative


/əˈpriːʃɪətɪv; -ʃə-/
feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
Derived Forms
appreciatively, appreciatorily, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for appreciative

1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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