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

  

retentive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//rɪˈtentɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtentɪv//
 
 
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(of the memory) able to store facts and remember things easily She has an amazingly retentive memory. see also retain Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French retentif, -ive or medieval Latin retentivus, from retent- ‘held back’, from the verb retinere ‘hold back’, from re- ‘back’ + tenere ‘hold’.
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