- a person suffering from a depressive illness.
Origin of depressive
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Examples from the Web for depressive
She says one of her depressive swings left her suicidal during her freshman year.Mental-Health Breakdown: When Harvard Fails Its Students
March 18, 2013
Every two weeks he would visit patients suffering the gamut of depressive disorders.RIP Cobber
October 1, 2012
"The president is going through a depressive phase due to his tireless work for the nation," she told them.Laila Trabelsi: Wife of Tunisia's Deposed Dictator
Issandr El Amrani
January 17, 2011
He doesn't charm anyone, is prone to indecision about his personal life, and has depressive tendencies.The Original Stieg Larsson
July 27, 2010
In no case is the action of a stimulant followed by a depressive reaction.Tobacco and Alcohol
Surely Callista Blake was not what his brother Jack would call a depressive type, if that word was still favored in the jargon.The Trial of Callista Blake
Depressive memories or ideas have associated with them a depressing and disintegrating emotional quality.Applied Psychology: Driving Power of Thought
The last case is interesting in that a depressive onset to a deep stupor was observed in the Institute.
When she was talked to, she was apt to indulge in depressive statements and show considerable distress.
- tending to depress; causing depression
- psychol tending to be subject to periods of depressionSee also manic-depressive
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Word Origin and History for depressive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Tending to depress or lower.
- Depressing; gloomy.
- Of or relating to psychological depression.
- A person suffering from psychological depression.
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