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iterative

[it-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]
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  1. repeating; making repetition; repetitious.
  2. Grammar. frequentative.

Origin of iterative

From the Late Latin word iterātīvus, dating back to 1480–90. See iterate, -ive
Related formsit·er·a·tive·ly, adverbit·er·a·tive·ness, nounun·it·er·a·tive, adjective
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iterative

adjective
  1. repetitious or frequent
  2. maths logic another word for recursiveSee recursive
  3. grammar another word for frequentative
Derived Formsiteratively, adverbiterativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for iterative

adj.

"involving repetition," late 15c., from French iteratif (c.1400), from Late Latin iterativus, from iterat-, past participle stem of iterare (see iteration). As a noun, from 1854. Related: Iteratively.

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