Examples from the Web for recessive
In stark contrast with the sunny personality of his predecessor, Tony Blair, Brown's demeanor is dour, recessive and technocratic.
But any daughter will transmit such a character, whether dominant or recessive, to half of her sons.Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila|Thomas Hunt Morgan
Yellow is said therefore to be dominant and green to be recessive.
The preceding examples have all related to recessive characters.
Defectiveness is a recessive factor; normality a dominant one.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
Hence, not infrequently the recessive condition is at first seen and is only later replaced by the 88 dominant condition.Inheritance of Characteristics in Domestic Fowl|Charles Benedict Davenport
British Dictionary definitions for recessive
- (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
- (of a character) controlled by such a geneCompare dominant (def. 4)
- a recessive gene or character
- an organism having such a gene or character