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[ dih-pres-iv ]


  1. tending to cause depression:

    depressive environmental factors.

  2. characterized by depression, especially mental depression.


  1. a person having or affected with a depressive illness.


/ dɪˈprɛsɪv /


  1. tending to depress; causing depression
  2. psychol tending to be subject to periods of depression See also manic-depressive

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Derived Forms

  • deˈpressively, adverb
  • deˈpressiveness, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • de·pres·sive·ness noun
  • non·de·pres·sive adjective
  • non·de·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • o·ver·de·pres·sive adjective
  • o·ver·de·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • o·ver·de·pres·sive·ness noun
  • post·de·pres·sive adjective
  • un·de·pres·sive adjective
  • un·de·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • un·de·pres·sive·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of depressive1

First recorded in 1610–20; depress + -ive

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Example Sentences

Several years ago, when I was in my mid-20s, after suffering from major depressive disorder and anxiety for most of my life, I found myself at the emergency room during an episode of substance-induced psychosis.

From Time

For teenagers predisposed to depression and anxiety, “a lot of alone time with your depressive thoughts is not great,” says Nicole McGarry, a Northern Virginia therapist who works with a lot of young people.

To treat chronic pain, depressive disorders, or other serious illnesses, get your doctor’s recommendations first.

A month after receiving two doses of the psychedelic drug, 13 people had big drops in depressive symptoms, researchers report November 4 in JAMA Psychiatry.

They estimate that StrongMinds prevents the equivalent of one year of severe major depressive disorder for a woman at a cost of around $248 — a pretty good deal, especially when you consider this helps the woman as well as her dependents.

From Vox

In his own words, he is “actually very manic depressive” and can feel the world moving past him.

Wilson said she was on the wrong dosage of medicine, and was having severe depressive mood swings.

She says one of her depressive swings left her suicidal during her freshman year.

Every two weeks he would visit patients suffering the gamut of depressive disorders.

Saint Laurent was at his best a genius, and at his worst a manic-depressive genius.

O direct (dhe common o) can nedher assume o, dhe servile ov o depressive (oo); nor u, hwich wood seem its partner in a dipthong.

For dhis rezon, goald must no longuer be robbed ov its depressive servile, wonce legally seen in gould.

This was the first triumphant conclusion, but afterward came reaction and a depressive doubt.

In the excited stage of manic-depressive insanity it is not uncommon to find that the memory is abnormally active.

Of the two terms (folie circulaire and manic-depressive insanity) the latter is the more correct.





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