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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. 2018.
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  • Is it the cell rather than the organism that is the immediate agent of assimilatory processes?

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Finally, various slugs and snails cause much injury by devouring young leaves and buds and diminishing the assimilatory area.

    Disease in Plants H. Marshall Ward
  • It is the solar plexus which controls the assimilatory function in digestion.

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