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depressive

[ dih-pres-iv ]
/ dɪˈprɛs ɪv /
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adjective

tending to depress.
characterized by depression, especially mental depression.

noun

a person suffering from a depressive illness.

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Origin of depressive

First recorded in 1610–20; depress + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for depressive

depressive
/ (dɪˈprɛsɪv) /

adjective

tending to depress; causing depression
psychol tending to be subject to periods of depressionSee also manic-depressive

Derived forms of depressive

depressively, adverbdepressiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for depressive

depressive
[ dĭ-prĕsĭv ]

adj.

Tending to depress or lower.
Depressing; gloomy.
Of or relating to psychological depression.

n.

A person suffering from psychological depression.
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