- repeating; making repetition; repetitious.
- Grammar. frequentative.
Origin of iterative
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Examples from the Web for iterative
He prefers a conversation, and conversations aren't etched in stone, they're iterative.Paul Begala on Why Bill Clinton’s Still Got the Magic
October 10, 2012
He knows his own mind, and hammers his doctrines out with a hard and iterative stroke that hits its mark.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
Studied verses undoubtedly—musical, and mournful, and iterative.
The style is that of the pulpit, iterative, florid, and full of amplifications; but that was natural.
Word Origin and History for iterative
"involving repetition," late 15c., from French iteratif (c.1400), from Late Latin iterativus, from iterat-, past participle stem of iterare (see iteration). As a noun, from 1854. Related: Iteratively.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper