refractive

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

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

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

refractively, adverbrefractiveness or refractivity (ˌriːfrækˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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