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[uh-sim-uh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /əˈsɪm əˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/
characterized by assimilation; assimilating.
Also, assimilatory
[uh-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈsɪm ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of assimilative
From the Medieval Latin word assimilātīvus, dating back to 1520-30. See assimilate, -ive
Related forms
assimilativeness, noun
nonassimilative, adjective
nonassimilatory, adjective
unassimilative, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is another instance of the synthetic or assimilative phase of scientific thinking.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • Or Mr. Waldner's assimilative opinion that he had seen only ice crystals.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The assimilative force of the American public school is eloquent testimony to the efficacy of the common and balanced appeal.

  • Then his receptivity and assimilative powers are enormous, and he demands these in his reader.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • Fat is only surplus tissue—the amount manufactured by the assimilative system over and above the needs of the body.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • The assimilative and nervous systems can be trained to tolerate injurious influences to a remarkable degree.

  • With the assimilative power of genius, he was quick to seize upon anything he thought politic.

  • We are probably at once the most assimilative and the most sensitive nation in Europe.

    The Revival of Irish Literature Charles Gavan Duffy
  • It has an assimilative power possessed by no other institution in our country.

    Speeches of Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison
  • He reads through the whole tract of his digestive and assimilative nature.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee

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