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retentive

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French rétentif, from Old French retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus

AdjectiveEdit

retentive (comparative more retentive, superlative most retentive)

  1. Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caeser', Act 1 Scene 3
      Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.
  2. (slang, apocope) anal-retentive

NounEdit

retentive (plural retentives)

  1. (obsolete) That which retains or confines; a restraint.

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

retentive

  1. Feminine plural form of retentivo

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