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refractive

[ ri-frak-tiv ]
/ rɪˈfræk tɪv /
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adjective
of or relating to refraction.
Also refractile. having power to refract.
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Origin of refractive

First recorded in 1665–75, refractive is from the Late Latin word refrāctīvus (of pronouns) reflexive. See refract, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for refractive

refractive
/ (rɪˈfræktɪv) /

adjective
of or concerned with refraction
(of a material or substance) capable of causing refraction

Derived forms of refractive

refractively, adverbrefractiveness or refractivity (ˌriːfrækˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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