Definition of iterative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪt(ə)rətɪv/


1Relating to or involving iteration, especially of a mathematical or computational process.
Example sentences
  • This book is the result of an iterative process of consulting with experts in the field of computer and network security.
  • An iterative best-fit curve computational program is used to determine k.
  • In fact, the development process was based on iterative development and improvement of source code.
1.1 Linguistics Denoting a grammatical rule that can be applied repeatedly.
1.2 Grammar another term for frequentative.
Example sentences
  • There is a class of verbs in all the Dravidian languages that have sometimes been called iterative or frequentative.



Pronunciation: /ˈɪt(ə)rətɪvli/
Example sentences
  • We use a Markovian approach to calculate the probabilities of identity by descent iteratively from one generation to the next, assuming an infinite allele model.
  • This process was repeated iteratively, one tree - length step at a time, until the consensus result did not support the given phylogenetic hypothesis suggested by the EMPT
  • Okay, you will now program it iteratively, not recursively.


Late 15th century: from French itératif, -ive, from Latin iterare 'to repeat'; the grammar term is from late Latin iterativus.

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