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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Middle French rétentif, from Old French retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from Latin retentus.

AdjectiveEdit

retentive (comparative more retentive, superlative most retentive)

  1. Having power to retain
    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

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NounEdit

retentive (plural retentives)

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

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AdjectiveEdit

retentive

  1. Feminine plural form of retentivo

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