[ ri-zuhmp-tiv ]
/ rɪˈzʌmp tɪv /


that summarizes: a resumptive statement.
that tends to resume or repeat: a speech so resumptive that its point was lost.

Origin of resumptive

First recorded in 1850–55; resumpt(ion) + -ive


re·sump·tive·ly, adverbun·re·sump·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for resumptive

  • When it was produced, it was not novel, but resumptive, in its thought; and therefore it succeeded.

    The Theory of the Theatre|Clayton Hamilton
  • The drama, by its very nature, is an art traditional in form and resumptive in its subject-matter.

    The Theory of the Theatre|Clayton Hamilton
  • Like many of Lucian's compositions, it has what may be termed a retrospective and resumptive value.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics|John Addington Symonds