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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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competitive, recreational, sporting, team, contesting

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  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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