Detersiveness De*ter"sive*ness, n. The quality of cleansing. [1913 Webster]

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  • detersive — detersively, adv. detersiveness, n. /di terr siv/, adj. 1. cleansing; detergent. n. 2. a detersive agent or medicine. [1580 90; < MF détersif < L deters(us) (ptp. of detergere; see DETERGE) + if IVE] * * * …   Universalium

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