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[kuh n-trak-tiv]
  1. serving or tending to contract.
  2. capable of contracting.
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Origin of contractive

First recorded in 1615–25; contract + -ive
Related formscon·trac·tive·ly, adverbcon·trac·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for contractive

Historical Examples

  • The gas burner is made of a metal having great expansive and contractive properties.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1082, September 26, 1896


  • There must always be contractive elements, implicit or explicit, in a marriage; that was well recognized even by the Canonists.

  • And the doctor, by sundry tests and applications, showed the peculiar exhausted and contractive condition of the muscles.

    Master of His Fate

    J. Mclaren Cobban