retentive

[ ri-ten-tiv ]
/ rɪˈtɛn tɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to retain something.
having power or capacity to retain.
having power or ability to remember; having a good memory.

Origin of retentive

1325–75; Middle English retentif < Middle French < Medieval Latin retentīvus, equivalent to Latin retent(us) (see retention) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for retentive

retentive

/ (rɪˈtɛntɪv) /

adjective

having the capacity to retain or remember

Derived Forms

retentively, adverbretentiveness, noun
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