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  1. causing or pertaining to diffraction.

Origin of diffractive

First recorded in 1820–30; diffract + -ive
Related formsdif·frac·tive·ly, adverbdif·frac·tive·ness, nounnon·dif·frac·tive, adjectivenon·dif·frac·tive·ly, adverbnon·dif·frac·tive·ness, nounun·dif·frac·tive, adjectiveun·dif·frac·tive·ly, adverbun·dif·frac·tive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • These diffractive spectra have been examined with great skill by Draper and Langley.

    Six Lectures on Light

    John Tyndall

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