Definition of depressive in English:

depressive

Line breaks: de|pres|sive
Pronunciation: /dɪˈprɛsɪv
 
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adjective

1Causing feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
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  • However, persistent severe depressive moods are not part of the ‘normal’ spectrum of behaviour.
  • The best punk rock, or whatever, always comes from the most depressive governments.
  • Instead I'm indulging in depressive whingeing because I needed the best possible conditions to start tackling a heavier workload and everything seems to have gone pear shaped.
1.1 Medicine Relating to or tending to suffer from clinical depression: a depressive illness
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  • The results are still being analysed but researchers say care home residents are enjoying life more and suffering less depressive illness.
  • However, elderly patients are the main group suffering seriously from depressive illnesses.
  • Women who do meet the criteria for a clinical depressive episode are referred for standard treatment.
1.2Causing a reduction in strength, effectiveness, or value: steroids have a depressive effect on the immune system
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  • Drugs such as the opioid antagonist naloxone and the benzodiazepine antagonist flumazenil may be used to counter the respiratory depressive effects of these drugs.
  • Due to a respiratory depressive effect, a benzodiazepine may limit the amount of opioid that can be given; may cause mental status changes.
  • The drug appeared to have no observable depressive effect on respiratory rate.

noun

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A person suffering from or with a tendency to suffer from depression.
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  • Melancholic depressives may also ruminate over the same thoughts and experiences, and feel excessive guilt.
  • They agree that those who do not share this identity cannot understand the suffering that depressives experience.
  • Phase-advancing sleep may be a useful treatment for depressives who eschew medication.

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