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[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-]
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  1. feeling or showing appreciation: an appreciative audience at the concert.
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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
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Related Words for appreciatively

warmly, passionately, respectfully, zealously, earnestly, reverently, longingly, affectionately, admiringly, fondly, kindly, appreciatively, generously, loyally, adoringly, ardently, attentively, considerately, devotedly, endearingly

Examples from the Web for appreciatively

Historical Examples of appreciatively

  • He drank it appreciatively and remarked that there was still no other he liked so well.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ

    Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes

  • "You are a brave homme, Armand," said Madame la Generale, appreciatively.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • "It'll be good to have him around again," she said appreciatively.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "Thank you," he said, appreciatively, when the last button was fastened.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • “That boosts us up another fifty a week,” said Henry appreciatively.


    Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for appreciatively



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



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

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