[ ri-kur-siv ]
/ rɪˈkɜr sɪv /
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pertaining to or using a rule or procedure that can be applied repeatedly.
Mathematics, Computers. pertaining to or using the mathematical process of recursion: a recursive function; a recursive procedure.
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Origin of recursive
First recorded in 1935–40; recurs(ion) + -ive
OTHER WORDS FROM recursivere·cur·sive·ly, adverbre·cur·sive·ness, noun
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How to use recursive in a sentence
But I feel like films are uniquely suited towards addressing paradox, recursiveness, and worlds-within-worlds.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST