[ kuh n-ses-iv ]
/ kənˈsɛs ɪv /


tending or serving to concede.
Grammar. expressing concession, as the English conjunction though.

Origin of concessive

From the Late Latin word concēssīvus, dating back to 1705–15. See concession, -ive

Related forms

con·ces·sive·ly, adverbnon·con·ces·sive, adjectivepre·con·ces·sive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concessive


/ (kənˈsɛsɪv) /


implying or involving concession; tending to concede
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

Word Origin for concessive

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