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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for repetitively

repeatedly, boringly, lengthily, repetitively

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British Dictionary definitions for repetitively


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



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

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