Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Having power or tendency to retain.

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Usage examples "retentive":

  1. And the business of the man from Diamond Town was to lounge about its neighbourhood, using those sharp light eyes of his to excellent purpose, and storing his retentive memory- for it would not do for a stranger to be caught putting pencil to paper in a town under Martial Law, and bristling with suspicion- with the information indispensable for the putting in effect of young Schenk Eybel's ingenious plan. - "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.
  2. The kind neighbor was a widow lady, whose husband, having been a master carpenter of retentive habits, had left her independently rich. - "Aladdin O'Brien", Gouverneur Morris.
  3. His alert and retentive mind had seized, long ago, on Rowlatt's recommendation at the Little Bear Inn, and he had developed, perhaps half consciously, a half sense of humour. - "The Fortunate Youth", William J. Locke.