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  1. pertaining to or characterized by repetition.
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Origin of repetitive

1830–40; < Latin repetīt(us) (past participle of repetere to repeat) + -ive
Related formsre·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbre·pet·i·tive·ness, nounnon·re·pet·i·tive, adjectivenon·re·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbun·re·pet·i·tive, adjectiveun·re·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedrepetitious repetitive
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Related Words for repetitive

boring, repeated, constant, monotonous, dull, ceaseless, continual, insistent, uninteresting, verbose

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Historical Examples of repetitive

  • The pattern is repetitive, only some of the names are changed.


    George Oliver Smith

  • But I soon found that there was a curious counter-reward attending even a process as repetitive as this.

    Great Possessions

    David Grayson

  • The criticism most often made of Ovid's poems from exile is that they are repetitive and therefore monotonous.

  • Think about such categories as syncretism, understanding, repetitive patterns in practical terms.

  • Observations of repetitive patterns and awareness of possible deviations blended.

British Dictionary definitions for repetitive


  1. characterized by or given to unnecessary repetition; boringdull, repetitive work
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Derived Formsrepetitively, adverbrepetitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for repetitive


1805, from Latin repetit-, past participle stem of repetere "do or say again" (see repeat (v.)) + -ive. Related: Repetitively; repetitiveness.

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