[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 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




feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
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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