Origin of retentive
Related Words for retentivestubborn, dogged, steadfast, tough, resolute, forceful, persistent, strong-willed, unswerving, determined, stout, spunky, staunch, relentless, cohesive, dry, absorptive, retentive, penetrable, permeable
Examples from the Web for retentive
Historical Examples of retentive
There lie the impressions on the retentive organ, though you knew it not.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No cunningly painted canvas is so retentive as the active brain.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
The last are frequently overrated, the memory more quick than retentive.The Aural System
What a wonderfully active and retentive mind that gifted child must have!
This will give you an idea of the retentive memory she possesses.
- having the capacity to retain or remember
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.