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


a person suffering from a depressive illness.

Nearby words

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  10. depressor muscle of angle of mouth

Origin of depressive

First recorded in 1610–20; depress + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for depressive



tending to depress; causing depression
psychol tending to be subject to periods of depressionSee also manic-depressive
Derived Formsdepressively, adverbdepressiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for depressive



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

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Medicine definitions for depressive




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


A person suffering from psychological depression.

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