contractively

contractive

[kuhn-trak-tiv]
adjective
1.
serving or tending to contract.
2.
capable of contracting.

Origin:
1615–25; contract + -ive

contractively, adverb
contractiveness, noun
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contraction (kənˈtrækʃən)
 
n
1.  an instance of contracting or the state of being contracted
2.  physiol any normal shortening or tensing of an organ or part, esp of a muscle, e.g. during childbirth
3.  pathol any abnormal tightening or shrinking of an organ or part
4.  a shortening of a word or group of words, often marked in written English by an apostrophe: I've come for I have come
 
con'tractive
 
adj
 
con'tractively
 
adv
 
con'tractiveness
 
n

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