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



BrE BrE//ˈkɜːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrsɪv//
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involving a process that is applied repeatedly Word Origin late 18th cent. (in the general sense): from late Latin recurs- ‘returned’ (from the verb recurrere ‘run back’) + -ive. Specific uses have arisen in the 20th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recursive