[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-]


feeling or showing appreciation: an appreciative audience at the concert.

Origin of appreciative

First recorded in 1690–1700; appreciate + -ive
Related formsap·pre·cia·tive·ly, adverbap·pre·cia·tive·ness, nounnon·ap·pre·cia·tive, adjectivenon·ap·pre·cia·tive·ly, adverbnon·ap·pre·cia·tive·ness, nouno·ver·ap·pre·cia·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ap·pre·cia·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·ap·pre·cia·tive·ness, nounun·ap·pre·cia·tive, adjectiveun·ap·pre·cia·tive·ly, adverbun·ap·pre·cia·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appreciative

Contemporary Examples of appreciative

Historical Examples of appreciative

  • They all laughed, not boisterously, actually an appreciative laugh.

  • The Leopard Woman sat her donkey, and surveyed it all with appreciative eyes.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • His lordship, remember, never lacked an appreciative eye for a fine woman.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But the appreciative reading of any work of literature cannot thus be prescribed.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The author is an appreciative Englishman, and tells his story well.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

British Dictionary definitions for appreciative




feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
Derived Formsappreciatively or appreciatorily, adverbappreciativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for appreciative

1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper