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effusive

[ih-fyoo-siv] /ɪˈfyu sɪv/
adjective
1.
unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve:
effusive greetings; an effusive person.
2.
pouring out; overflowing.
3.
Geology. extrusive (def 3).
Origin of effusive
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; effuse + -ive
Related forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
noneffusive, adjective
noneffusively, adverb
noneffusiveness, noun
overeffusive, adjective
overeffusively, adverb
overeffusiveness, noun
uneffusive, adjective
uneffusively, adverb
uneffusiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for effusively

effusive

/ɪˈfjuːsɪv/
adjective
1.
extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
2.
(of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
Derived Forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effusively

effusive

adj.

1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

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