Retractive
Retractive \Re*tract"ive\, n. That which retracts, or withdraws. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Retractive — Re*tract ive (r[ e]*tr[=a]kt [i^]v), a. Serving to retract; of the nature of a retraction. {Re*tract ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rétractive — ● rétractif, rétractive adjectif Qui produit une rétraction …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • retractive — retract ► VERB 1) draw or be drawn back. 2) withdraw (a statement or accusation) as untrue or unjustified. 3) withdraw or go back on (an undertaking or promise). DERIVATIVES retractable adjective retraction noun retractive adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • retractive — see opisthocline …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • retractive — retractively, adv. retractiveness, n. /ri trak tiv/, adj. tending or serving to retract. [1350 1400; ME retractif < OF; see RETRACT1, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • retractive — rɪ træktɪv adj. retracting, serving to draw back, serving to pull back …   English contemporary dictionary

  • retractive — re•trac•tive [[t]rɪˈtræk tɪv[/t]] adj. tending or serving to retract • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < OF re•trac′tive•ly, adv. re•trac′tive•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • retractive — /rəˈtræktɪv/ (say ruh traktiv) adjective tending or serving to retract …   Australian English dictionary

  • retractive — retractively, adv. retractiveness, n. /ri trak tiv/, adj. tending or serving to retract. [1350 1400; ME retractif OF; see RETRACT1, IVE] …   Useful english dictionary

  • retractive index — characteristic that expresses the change in refraction angel compared to the strike angle of a light ray hitting a particular material …   English contemporary dictionary

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