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  1. of or relating to recreation: recreational facilities in the park.
  2. (of a drug or medication) used for recreation and enjoyment rather than to treat a medical condition: recreational drugs such as marijuana and alcohol.
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Related formsrec·re·a·tion·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·rec·re·a·tion·al, adjectiveun·rec·re·a·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recreational


  1. of, relating to, or used for recreationrecreational facilities
  2. (of a drug) taken for pleasure rather than for medical reasons or because of an addiction
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Word Origin and History for recreational


1650s, from recreation + -al (1). Related: Recreationally. Recreational drug attested from 1967.

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