Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com tending or serving to retain something. having power or capacity to retain. having power or ability to remember; having a good memory. Origin of retentive 1325–75; Middle English retentif
Medieval Latin retentīvus,
-īvus -ive Related forms re·ten·tive·ly, adverb re·ten·tive·ness, noun non·re·ten·tive, adjective non·re·ten·tive·ly, adverb non·re·ten·tive·ness, noun un·re·ten·tive, adjective un·re·ten·tive·ly, adverb un·re·ten·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for retentive Historical Examples There lie the impressions on the retentive organ, though you knew it not. No cunningly painted canvas is so retentive as the active brain. The last are frequently overrated, the memory more quick than retentive. What a wonderfully active and retentive mind that gifted child must have! This will give you an idea of the retentive memory she possesses. British Dictionary definitions for retentive having the capacity to retain or remember Derived Forms retentively, adverb retentiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for retentive adj.
late 14c., "able to hold or keep" (mental or physical), from Old French
retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from past participle stem of Latin retinere (see retain). Related: Retentively; retentiveness.
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