Definition of Retentive

1. Adjective. Good at remembering. "Tenacious memory"




2. Adjective. Having the capacity to retain something.
Partainyms: Retention
Derivative terms: Retentiveness

3. Adjective. Having the power, capacity, or quality of retaining water. "Soils retentive of moisture"
Similar to: Impermeable
Derivative terms: Retentiveness, Retentivity

Definition of Retentive

1. a. Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.

2. n. That which retains or confines; a restraint.

Definition of Retentive

1. Adjective. Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory. ¹

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retentive

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Retentive

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retentive (current term)
retentive circumferential clasp arm
retentive fulcrum line
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Literary usage of Retentive

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1. An Encyclopædia of Agriculture: Comprising the Theory and Practice of the by John Claudius Loudon (1826)
"It must be confessed, however, that cases where surface water can be let down through a retentive stratum to a porous one that will actually carry it off, ..."

2. The Principles of Soil Management by Thomas Lyttleton Lyon, Elmer Otterbein Fippin (1909)
"These are (a) the available supply of water; (b) the retentive capacity of the ... retentive capacity of the soil.—The retentive capacity of the soil varies ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1845)
"... of stratification, which he had so carefully studied. porous and retentive strata in the hills near Bath, in the adoption of a new process of draining. ..."

4. The Work of the Teacher by Sheldon Emmor Davis (1918)
"Original retentive power not capable of direct improvement. For the improvement of poor retentive power due to original nature, teachers can do nothing. ..."

5. The Work of the Teacher by Sheldon Emmor Davis (1921)
"Original retentive power ... For the improvement of poor retentive power due to original nature, teachers can do nothing. ..."

6. A Monograph of the British Spongiadæ by James Scott Bowerbank (1874)
"AM Norman. Natural size. Fig. 10. — One of the long, slender, incipiently- spinous, tension spicula of the dermal membrane. X 250 linear. retentive ..."

7. Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon (1902)
"CHAPTER V Division of the retentive Art into the Aids of the Memory and the Nature of the Memory itself. Division of the Doctrine of Memory into ..."

8. The Fortnightly Review (1868)
"THE retentive POWER OF THE MIND IN ITS BEARING ON EDUCATION. THE Intellect has long been treated' as a bundle of faculties, known by the names Perception, ..."

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