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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?

Origin of retentive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM retentive

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for retentive

British Dictionary definitions for retentive

retentive
/ (rɪˈtɛntɪv) /

adjective

having the capacity to retain or remember

Derived forms of retentive

retentively, adverbretentiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012