Tensive Ten"sive, a. [Cf. F. tensif. See {Tense}, a.] Giving the sensation of tension, stiffness, or contraction. [1913 Webster]

A tensive pain from distension of the parts. --Floyer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tensive — [ten′səsiv] adj. [Fr tensif] relating to or causing tension …   English World dictionary

  • tensive — adjective Date: 1702 of, relating to, or causing tension …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tensive — /ten siv/, adj. stretching or straining. [1695 1705; TENS(ION) + IVE; cf. F tensif] * * * …   Universalium

  • tensive — adjective Of or pertaining to tension …   Wiktionary

  • tensive — adjective causing or expressing tension …   English new terms dictionary

  • tensive — ten·sive …   English syllables

  • tensive — ten•sive [[t]ˈtɛn sɪv[/t]] adj. stretching or straining • Etymology: 1695–1705; tens (ion) + ive; cf. F tensif …   From formal English to slang

  • tensive — /ˈtɛnsɪv/ (say tensiv) adjective stretching or straining. {tense1 + ive. Compare French tensif} …   Australian English dictionary

  • tensive — ˈten(t)siv, sēv also səv adjective Etymology: French tensif, from Middle French, from Latin tensus (past participle of tendere to stretch) + Middle French if ive : of, relating to, or causing tension …   Useful english dictionary

  • ˌcapital-inˈtensive — adj a capital intensive business or activity needs to have a lot of money invested in it • See: labour intensive …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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