- 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.
- (slang, apocope) anal-retentive
Terms derived from retentive
retentive (plural retentives)
- (obsolete) That which retains or confines; a restraint.