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retentive

Pronunciation: /rɪˈtentɪv/

Translation of retentive in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [memory/mind] retentivo young children are very retentive los niños pequeños tienen mucha retentiva or gran poder de retención
    Example sentences
    • Orwell's strong retentive memory for poetry is also suggested in a 1942 review of the first three of Eliot's Four Quartets.
    • The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannical, so beyond control!
    • The book is packed with little gems of wit and wisdom which often have nothing to do with English usage, but which disclose an extraordinarily lively and retentive intelligence, and make the book a pleasure to read.
    1.2to be retentive of sth [formal] retener* or conservar algo heat-retentive material material (masculine) que retiene or conserva el calor
    Example sentences
    • Soils tend to be high in acid with a predominance of clay (25 per cent and more), low in pH, but well drained and moisture retentive.
    • These mixes are light and water retentive, perfect for little seedlings on the go.
    • These mixes are light and water retentive, perfect for little seedlings on the go.

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