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Meaning of RETENTIVE

Pronunciation:  ri'tentiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  tending to retain; "a retentive memory"; "soils retentive of moisture"
 

RETENTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: acquisitive, holding, long, recollective, retaining, tenacious
 
 Antonyms: forgetful, unretentive
 
 See Also: aware, mindful

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Re*ten"tive\, a. [Cf. F. r['e]tentif.]
    Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.
    
          Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be
          retentive to the strength of spirit.     --Shak.
    
    
  2. \Re*ten"tive\, n.
    That which retains or confines; a restraint. [R.] --Bp. Hall.
    
    
 

 

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