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[kuh n-ses-iv]
  1. tending or serving to concede.
  2. Grammar. expressing concession, as the English conjunction though.
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Origin of concessive

From the Late Latin word concēssīvus, dating back to 1705–15. See concession, -ive
Related formscon·ces·sive·ly, adverbnon·con·ces·sive, adjectivepre·con·ces·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for concessive

Historical Examples

  • Where no principle was involved, Paul was the most concessive of men.

    The Literature and History of New Testament Times

    J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen

  • It was the tenderest malice, but it obtained no concessive sign.


    Sarah Jeanette Duncan

  • A concessive clause is usually introduced by a subordinate conjunction, though, although, or even if.

  • Concessive clauses sometimes omit the copula and its subject.

  • A concessive clause may be introduced by the conjunction as, or by a relative pronoun or a relative adverb.

British Dictionary definitions for concessive


  1. implying or involving concession; tending to concede
  2. grammar a conjunction, preposition, phrase, or clause describing a state of affairs that might have been expected to rule out what is described in the main clause but in fact does not"Although" in the sentence "Although they had been warned, they refused to take care" is a concessive conjunction
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Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin concēssīvus, from Latin concēdere to concede
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