The deformity, however, is liable to be reproduced unless a retentive apparatus is securely applied.
There lie the impressions on the retentive organ, though you knew it not.
It was quite a while before a retentive memory helped him out.
The last are frequently overrated, the memory more quick than retentive.
When very young he was distinguished in school for his powers of oratory and his retentive memory.
Every province has practically its own language, of which it is proud and retentive.
He is endowed with an excellent understanding, quick power of conception, and retentive memory.
He had, indeed, a quick observation 20 and a retentive memory.
The Anglo-Saxon was slow to learn, but retentive of what he learnt.
She was an only child, very precocious, with a retentive memory.
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.