Origin of retentive
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Examples from the Web for unretentive
His light and unretentive mind was not one to harbor deep feeling.In the Roar of the Sea
- having the capacity to retain or remember
Word Origin and History for unretentive
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper