Definition of concessive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈsesɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsesɪv//
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(of a preposition or conjunction) used at the beginning of a clause to say that the action of the main clause is in fact true or possible, despite the situation. Despite and although are concessive words. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from late Latin concessivus, from concess- ‘withdrawn, yielded’, from the verb concedere, from con- ‘completely’ + cedere ‘yield’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: concessive