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recursive

[ri-kur-siv]
adjective
  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.
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Origin of recursive

First recorded in 1935–40; recurs(ion) + -ive
Related formsre·cur·sive·ly, adverbre·cur·sive·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for recursiveness

recursive

adj.

1790, "periodically recurring," from Latin recurs-, stem of recurrere (see recur) + -ive. Mathematical sense is from 1934. Related: Recursively; recursiveness.

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