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  1. pertaining to or using a rule or procedure that can be applied repeatedly.

  2. Mathematics, Computers. pertaining to or using the mathematical process of recursion: a recursive function; a recursive procedure.

Origin of recursive

First recorded in 1935–40; recurs(ion) + -ive

Other words from recursive

  • re·cur·sive·ly, adverb
  • re·cur·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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