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retentive

[ ri-ten-tiv ]
/ rɪˈtɛn tɪv /
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adjective
tending or serving to retain something.
having power or capacity to retain.
having power or ability to remember; having a good memory.
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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 of retentive

retentively, adverbretentiveness, noun
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