Definitions

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  • adj. Tending to arrest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to arrest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving or tending to arrest.
  • In grammar, marking an arrest, restriction, or qualification of thought: applied to conjunctions like but, yet, however, etc. Bain, Eng. Grammar.

Etymologies

arrest +‎ -ive (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The explosion is in place nearest, in time first, and as to sound loudest, but this the most articulate and arrestive fact is employed exclusively for the purpose of producing the subsequent and more distant echo.

    The Parables of Our Lord

  • Mr. Dearmer is as arrestive in his way as Mr. Pennell.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • The wonderful solidarity of domestic life is an important factor in the Chinese career, for centuries of ancestor-worship, in spite of their arrestive tendency, have strengthened the bonds of family union and filial obedience by insisting on the supreme sanctity of blood-relationship.

    Through the Malay Archipelago

  • They were of a flamboyant Italian period, and more arrestive than distinguished.

    The Grey Room

  • Similarly he could disguise his voice, the natural tones of which were low, monotonous, and of no arrestive quality.

    The Grey Room

  • Her beautiful white shoulders showed up the duskiness of her hair; her head was distinguished and arrestive.

    There was a King in Egypt

  • The Swinburne collocation of delicate bosom and death is both arrestive and interesting.

    Ptomaine Street

  • Forthwith, my satchel was opened and in a few moments the following arrestive words were scrawled in a mammoth hand: GREAT W.C. T.U. MEETING TO-MORROW

    A slaveholder's daughter,

  • As Loveday and her companion mounted the last of the flight of stairs, the voice of the preacher – full, arrestive, resonant – fell upon their ear; and, standing on the small outside landing, it was possible to catch a glimpse of that preacher through the crack of the half-opened door.

    The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective

  • They give out arrestive thoughts, and you are vastly impressed, but on longer acquaintance, or on returning to them after an interval, you find that it is they who have been arrested by their thoughts.

    Without Prejudice

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