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

  • adj. Characterized by or involving repetition, recurrence, reiteration, or repetitiousness.
  • adj. Grammar Frequentative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a procedure that involves repetition of steps (iteration) to achieve the desired outcome; in computing this may involve a mechanism such as a loop.
  • adj. Expressive of an action that is repeated with frequency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Repeating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Repeating; repetitious.
  • In grammar, frequentative, as some verbs.—

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

  • adj. marked by iteration
  • n. the aspect of the verb that expresses the repetition of an action


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