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diffusive

[dih-fyoo-siv]
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adjective
  1. tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion.

Origin of diffusive

First recorded in 1605–15; diffuse + -ive
Related formsdif·fu·sive·ly, adverbdif·fu·sive·ness, nounin·ter·dif·fu·sive, adjectivein·ter·dif·fu·sive·ness, nounself-dif·fu·sive, adjectiveself-dif·fu·sive·ly, adverbself-dif·fu·sive·ness, nounun·dif·fu·sive, adjectiveun·dif·fu·sive·ly, adverbun·dif·fu·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for diffusive

Historical Examples

  • One of the maxims of the old Greek philosophers was that good is diffusive of itself.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • I am so diffusive and wanting in close condensed habits of thought.

  • Our national life is too diffusive to yield the best social fruits.

    The Collector

    Henry T. Tuckerman

  • For what is Catholicity but a unity which expands and is diffusive?

  • The French writer is inevitably epigrammatic first, and, if diffusive afterward, it is with malice aforethought.


British Dictionary definitions for diffusive

diffusive

adjective
  1. characterized by diffusion
Derived Formsdiffusively, adverbdiffusiveness, noun
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