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[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-] /əˈpri ʃə tɪv, -ʃi ə-, -ʃiˌeɪ-/
feeling or showing appreciation:
an appreciative audience at the concert.
Origin of appreciative
1690-1700; appreciate + -ive
Related forms
appreciatively, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
nonappreciative, adjective
nonappreciatively, adverb
nonappreciativeness, noun
overappreciative, adjective
overappreciatively, adverb
overappreciativeness, noun
unappreciative, adjective
unappreciatively, adverb
unappreciativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appreciative
  • Such a bill as outlined is a distinct advance in the right direction and invites appreciative and friendly criticism.
  • Yes, some students from some areas are more appreciative than others.
  • So far it seems to be working: appreciative viewers often leave lipstick kisses on his silky sculptures.
  • It is amazing and appreciative to reach such great advance in so short period.
  • But attendance is healthy and audiences are appreciative.
  • She left us immeasurably richer and wiser and appreciative of the wonderful diversity and richness of our world.
  • On account of the disagreeable weather, the audience was rather small but intelligent and appreciative.
  • They were appreciative of my openness and still wanted me to come.
  • The audience was a large, first-night gathering, appreciative of the many excellences of the performance.
  • But appreciative noticing glances can be returned with a slight smile to acknowledge the noticer.
British Dictionary definitions for appreciative


/əˈpriːʃɪətɪv; -ʃə-/
feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
Derived Forms
appreciatively, appreciatorily, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for appreciative

1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.

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