[kuh n-ses-iv]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Word Origin for concessive

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