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detersive

[dih-tur-siv]
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adjective
  1. cleansing; detergent.
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noun
  1. a detersive agent or medicine.
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Origin of detersive

1580–90; < Middle French détersif < Latin dēters(us) (past participle of dētergēre; see deterge) + -if -ive
Related formsde·ter·sive·ly, adverbde·ter·sive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A preparation from the choicest Oriental Herbs, of peculiarly mild and detersive properties.

    The Overland Guide-book

    James Barber