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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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  • Bully yarn youve turned up, came his appreciative comment over the clatter of the keys.

  • They had worked themselves into the most appreciative state of mind.

  • Trent, himself an amateur of good shoe-leather, now turned to these, and glanced over the collection with an appreciative eye.

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • He certainly is a delightful person, so cultured and appreciative.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Again press notices abound, all generally with appreciative comment.

    Earliest Years at Vassar Frances A. Wood
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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