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[ab-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-]
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  1. able or tending to absorb; absorbent.
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Origin of absorptive

1655–65; < Latin absorpt- (stem of absorptus absorbed; see absorption) + -ive
Related formsab·sorp·tive·ly, adverbab·sorp·tive·ness, nounnon·ab·sorp·tive, adjectiveun·ab·sorp·tive, adjectiveun·ab·sorp·tive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Why does under-draining increase the absorptive power of the soil?

    The Elements of Agriculture

    George E. Waring

  • Perhaps a dark ring of absorptive or occulting matter encircles the nebula in nearly the same plane with the luminous whorls.


    David Todd

  • For more complex molecules the radiative and absorptive powers are known to be much greater.

  • This belief in the absorptive virtue of the onion is prevalent even at the present day.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier

  • All were accepted and intermingling components of a forming society, plastic and absorptive.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

absorptive in Medicine


  1. Absorbent.
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