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.

Nearby words

  1. retention cyst,
  2. retention jaundice,
  3. retention suture,
  4. retention vomiting,
  5. retentionist,
  6. retentively,
  7. retentivity,
  8. retepore,
  9. retest,
  10. rethink

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 Formsretentively, adverbretentiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for retentive

retentive

adj.

late 14c., "able to hold or keep" (mental or physical), from Old French retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from past participle stem of Latin retinere (see retain). Related: Retentively; retentiveness.

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