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

First recorded in 1850–55; resumpt(ion) + -ive
Related formsre·sump·tive·ly, adverbun·re·sump·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples of resumptive

  • 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

  • The drama, by its very nature, is an art traditional in form and resumptive in its subject-matter.

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