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  1. a person suffering from a depressive illness.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of depressive

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


  1. tending to depress; causing depression
  2. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

depressive in Medicine


  1. Tending to depress or lower.
  2. Depressing; gloomy.
  3. Of or relating to psychological depression.
  1. A person suffering from psychological depression.
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