refractive

[ ri-frak-tiv ]
/ rɪˈfræk tɪv /
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adjective

of or relating to refraction.
Also refractile. having power to refract.

Nearby words

  1. refract,
  2. refractile,
  3. refracting telescope,
  4. refraction,
  5. refractionist,
  6. refractive index,
  7. refractive keratotomy,
  8. refractively,
  9. refractivity,
  10. refractometer

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 Formsrefractively, adverbrefractiveness or refractivity (ˌriːfrækˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for refractive

refractive

adj.

1670s, from Late Latin refractivus, or from refract + -ive.

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