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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 appreciatively
Historical Examples
  • At this the parent grinned a little, grimly it is true, but appreciatively.

    The Preliminaries Cornelia A. P. Comer
  • He drank it appreciatively and remarked that there was still no other he liked so well.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • Immelan took it, sipped it appreciatively, and lit a cigarette.

    The Great Prince Shan E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "It'll be good to have him around again," she said appreciatively.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • It went rolling and crackling through the church defiantly, derisively, appreciatively.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "Thank you," he said, appreciatively, when the last button was fastened.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • "Sam's wife has swept and cleaned the whole house," John said, appreciatively.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • “That boosts us up another fifty a week,” said Henry appreciatively.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • "But you only meant it out of kindness," replied Dimple, appreciatively.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • Patty eyed him appreciatively, with a new sense of fellow-feeling.

British Dictionary definitions for appreciatively


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



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

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