- (of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together.
- Printing. in flowing strokes resembling handwriting.
- a cursive letter or character.
- Printing. a style of typeface simulating handwriting.
Origin of cursive
1775–85; < Medieval Latin cursīvus flowing (said of penmanship), equivalent to Latin curs(us) (past participle of currere to run) + -īvus -ive
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- of or relating to handwriting in which letters are formed and joined in a rapid flowing style
- printing of or relating to typefaces that resemble handwriting
- a cursive letter or printing type
- a manuscript written in cursive letters
Word Origin for cursive
C18: from Medieval Latin cursīvus running, ultimately from Latin currere to run
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