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[rek-ree-ey-shuh-nl] /ˌrɛk riˈeɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to recreation:
recreational facilities in the park.
(of a drug or medication) used for recreation and enjoyment rather than to treat a medical condition:
recreational drugs such as marijuana and alcohol.
Related forms
recreationally, adverb
multirecreational, adjective
unrecreational, adjective Unabridged
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  • Libraries, laboratories, and recreational facilities were usually conspicuous by their absence.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • But the national parks are far more than recreational areas.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • The reservoirs themselves are being developed as recreational areas and mountain resorts.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • One must not for an instant, however, consider these noon hours as recreational.

    The Old Coast Road Agnes Rothery
  • This includes first, playgrounds laid out for all recreational sports, in their season.

British Dictionary definitions for recreational


of, relating to, or used for recreation: recreational facilities
(of a drug) taken for pleasure rather than for medical reasons or because of an addiction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for recreational

1650s, from recreation + -al (1). Related: Recreationally. Recreational drug attested from 1967.

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