Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending to retard; retarding.
  • Serving to express retardation: applied to certain verb-forms in some agglutinative languages. Compare the extract under accelerative, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending, or serving, to retard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That retards

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Examples

  • _The transfer of energy into any animate material system is attended by effects conducive to the transfer, and retardative of dissipation.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • _The transfer of energy into any inanimate material system is attended by effects retardative to the transfer and conducive to dissipation.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • Not to produce a retardative reaction, but an accelerative response: for, in the enlarging of the leaf by growth, the plant opens for itself new channels of supply.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • Thus, ultimately, to the waste within the cell, to the presence of a force retardative of its perpetual harmonic motions, the death of the individual is to be ascribed.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • In the essay -- which is an early one (1890) -- the explanation of the whole great matter is sought -- and as I believe found -- in the attitude of the organism towards energy external to it; an attitude which results in its evasion of the retardative and dissipatory effects which prevail in lifeless dynamic systems of all kinds.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • But if China, from the highest to the lowest, will only embrace truth and love her for her own sake, so that she will not abate one jot of allegiance to her; if China will let truth run down through the arteries of everyday commercial, social, and political life as do the waterways through her marvelous country; if China will kill her retardative conservatism, and in its place erect honesty and conscience; if China will let her moral life be quickened -- then her transition period, from end to end of the Empire, will soon end.

    Across China on Foot

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