[ doo-pli-key-tiv, dyoo- ]

  1. involving duplication, especially unnecessary repetition of effort or resources: The report will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending.The new “No-Hassle” rule eliminates duplicative luggage screening requirements for passengers originating from certain airports.

  2. done the same way more than once; effectively identical: A new law allows state agencies to ignore records requests they deem to be duplicative or substantially similar to previous requests.

Origin of duplicative

First recorded in 1820–30; duplicat(e) + -ive

Other words from duplicative

  • non·du·pli·ca·tive, adjective
  • un·du·pli·ca·tive, adjective

Words Nearby duplicative

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