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cursive

[kur-siv] /ˈkɜr sɪv/
adjective
1.
(of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together.
2.
Printing. in flowing strokes resembling handwriting.
noun
3.
a cursive letter or character.
4.
Printing. a style of typeface simulating handwriting.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Medieval Latin cursīvus flowing (said of penmanship), equivalent to Latin curs(us) (past participle of currere to run) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
cursively, adverb
cursiveness, noun
noncursive, adjective
noncursively, adverb
transcursive, adjective
transcursively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cursively

cursive

/ˈkɜːsɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to handwriting in which letters are formed and joined in a rapid flowing style
2.
(printing) of or relating to typefaces that resemble handwriting
noun
3.
a cursive letter or printing type
4.
a manuscript written in cursive letters
Derived Forms
cursively, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin cursīvus running, ultimately from Latin currere to run
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Word Origin and History for cursively

cursive

adj.

1784, from French cursif (18c.), from Medieval Latin cursivus "running," from Latin cursus "a running," from past participle of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). The notion is of "written with a running hand" (without raising the pen), originally as opposed to the older uncial hand.

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