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[dih-pres-iv] /dɪˈprɛs ɪv/
tending to depress.
characterized by depression, especially mental depression.
a person suffering from a depressive illness.
Origin of depressive
First recorded in 1610-20; depress + -ive
Related forms
depressively, adverb
depressiveness, noun
nondepressive, adjective
nondepressively, adverb
overdepressive, adjective
overdepressively, adverb
overdepressiveness, noun
postdepressive, adjective
undepressive, adjective
undepressively, adverb
undepressiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • This was the first triumphant conclusion, but afterward came reaction and a depressive doubt.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • In no case is the action of a stimulant followed by a depressive reaction.

    Tobacco and Alcohol John Fiske
  • Kraepelin treats stupors occurring in manic-depressive insanity as falling into two groups, the depressive and manic.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Surely Callista Blake was not what his brother Jack would call a depressive type, if that word was still favored in the jargon.

  • As a matter of fact, it is extremely susceptible to mental influence, stimulant or depressive, and to emotions of all kinds.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • depressive memories or ideas have associated with them a depressing and disintegrating emotional quality.

British Dictionary definitions for depressive


tending to depress; causing depression
(psychol) tending to be subject to periods of depression See also manic-depressive
Derived Forms
depressively, adverb
depressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for depressive

1610s, from Latin depress-, past participle stem of deprimere (see depress) + -ive. In psychology, from 1905.

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depressive in Medicine

depressive de·pres·sive (dĭ-prěs'ĭv)

  1. Tending to depress or lower.

  2. Depressing; gloomy.

  3. Of or relating to psychological depression.

A person suffering from psychological depression.
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