[ kuh m-pres-iv ]
/ kəmˈprɛs ɪv /


compressing; tending to compress.


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Origin of compressive

1375–1425; late Middle English. See compress, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM compressive

com·pres·sive·ly, adverbnon·com·pres·sive, adjectivenon·com·pres·sive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for compressive

/ (kəmˈprɛsɪv) /


compressing or having the power or capacity to compress

Derived forms of compressive

compressively, adverb
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