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irretentive

[ir-i-ten-tiv]
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adjective
  1. not retentive; lacking power to retain, especially mentally.
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Origin of irretentive

First recorded in 1740–50; ir-2 + retentive
Related formsir·re·ten·tive·ness, ir·re·ten·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Such a slag not only corrodes the furnace lining, but also impedes dephosphorization, because it is irretentive of phosphorus.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7

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British Dictionary definitions for irretentive

irretentive

adjective
  1. not retentive
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Derived Formsirretentiveness, noun
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