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depressive

[dih-pres-iv]
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adjective
  1. tending to depress.
  2. characterized by depression, especially mental depression.
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noun
  1. a person suffering from a depressive illness.
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Origin of depressive

First recorded in 1610–20; depress + -ive
Related formsde·pres·sive·ly, adverbde·pres·sive·ness, nounnon·de·pres·sive, adjectivenon·de·pres·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·de·pres·sive, adjectiveo·ver·de·pres·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·de·pres·sive·ness, nounpost·de·pres·sive, adjectiveun·de·pres·sive, adjectiveun·de·pres·sive·ly, adverbun·de·pres·sive·ness, noun
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Related Words for depressive

onerous, overbearing, dictatorial, unjust, inhuman, cruel, brutal, depressing, burdensome, heavy-handed, tyrannical, harsh, funereal, melancholy, solemn, dull, dark, earnest, gloomy, weighty

Examples from the Web for depressive

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Historical Examples of depressive

  • In no case is the action of a stimulant followed by a depressive reaction.

  • Surely Callista Blake was not what his brother Jack would call a depressive type, if that word was still favored in the jargon.

  • Depressive memories or ideas have associated with them a depressing and disintegrating emotional quality.

  • The last case is interesting in that a depressive onset to a deep stupor was observed in the Institute.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • When she was talked to, she was apt to indulge in depressive statements and show considerable distress.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for depressive

depressive

adjective
  1. tending to depress; causing depression
  2. psychol tending to be subject to periods of depressionSee also manic-depressive
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Derived Formsdepressively, adverbdepressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for depressive

adj.

1610s, from Latin depress-, past participle stem of deprimere (see depress) + -ive. In psychology, from 1905.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

depressive in Medicine

depressive

(dĭ-prĕsĭv)
adj.
  1. Tending to depress or lower.
  2. Depressing; gloomy.
  3. Of or relating to psychological depression.
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n.
  1. A person suffering from psychological depression.
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