Definition of depressive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈpresɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpresɪv//
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a person who is suffering from the medical condition of depression see also manic-depressive Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French dépressif, -ive or medieval Latin depressivus, from depress- ‘pressed down’, from the verb deprimere ‘press down’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: depressive