tending or serving to retain something. having power or capacity to retain.
having power or ability to remember; having a good memory.
Origin of retentive
1325–75; Middle English retentifRelated formsre·ten·tive·ly, adverbre·ten·tive·ness, nounnon·re·ten·tive, adjectivenon·re·ten·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·ten·tive·ness, nounun·re·ten·tive, adjectiveun·re·ten·tive·ly, adverbun·re·ten·tive·ness, noun
< Middle French
< Medieval Latin retentīvus,
equivalent to Latin retent(us
) (see retention
) + -īvus -ive
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Related Words for unretentivedamaged
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Derived Formsretentively, adverbretentiveness, noun
having the capacity to retain or remember
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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.
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