Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to depress or lower.
  • adj. Depressing; gloomy: "Americans entertained the depressive thought that they had ceased to be themselves” ( Lance Morrow).
  • adj. Of or relating to psychological depression.
  • n. A person suffering from psychological depression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to produce depression; dispiriting; melancholy.
  • adj. Being depressed; dispirited; melancholic.
  • n. A person suffering from depression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able or tending to depress or cast down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Able or tending to depress or cast down.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone suffering psychological depression

Etymologies

From French dépressif or medieval Latin depressivus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This chapter is devoted to a discussion of the specific set of behaviors and feelings that make up what we call the depressive syndrome.

    Control Your Depression

  • Ladislav von Meduna started seizure therapy by intravenous injection of cardiazol (in depressive states), a therapy that was abandoned when in 1938 the Italians Cerletti and Bini introduced electric convulsive therapy, E.C.T., for severe mental states.

    Controversial Psychosurgery Resulted in a Nobel Prize

  • Nolen-Hoeksema’s research clearly shows that this kind of thinking—which she calls depressive rumination—quickly deteriorates into a vicious downward spiral that exacerbates the severity and length of depression.

    The Time Paradox

  • I suppose I've made some personal progress in admitting openly that I am depressive, which is to say I have not been formally diagnosed as such, but I suspect I could be.

    Fathers Day

  • The depressive ... but the depressive is the very opposite of the hollow man!

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • I could never be described as a depressive person, but I seem to be doing a good impression of it this season.

    The dark half of the year.

  • Because their stress response spikes frequently and ebbs slowly, Hippocrates 'melancholics, whom scientists now describe as anxious, inhibited, or reactive, are so worn down that they are apt to behave in what Gold calls a depressive way: "Faced with a setback, for example, they say it occurred because they're worthless."

    How We Become What We Are

  • But I'm more convinced than ever that if he's sick it isn't from any so-called depressive condition, which Manoli was trying to sell me.

    The Man with Two Faces

  • Studies into clinical depression have yielded similar findings, leading to the development of an intriguing, but still controversial, concept known as depressive realism.

    Wrong Planet Asperger / Autism Forums

  • REYNOLDS But your substance abuse came out of being manic depressive, which is a disease, which you were unfortunately given by genetic factor, which is your father's gift to his daughter.

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