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[dih-pres-iv] /dɪˈprɛs ɪv/
tending to depress.
characterized by depression, especially mental depression.
a person suffering from a depressive illness.
Origin of depressive
1610-20; depress + -ive
Related forms
depressively, adverb
depressiveness, noun
nondepressive, adjective
nondepressively, adverb
overdepressive, adjective
overdepressively, adverb
overdepressiveness, noun
postdepressive, adjective
undepressive, adjective
undepressively, adverb
undepressiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depressive
  • There was no evidence that the summer increases were related to depressive disorders or increased alcohol consumption.
  • The judge reversed herself once a psychiatrist testified to manic-depressive illness.
  • She endured back pain all her life and became depressive, lame and alcoholic.
  • He was almost certainly a manic-depressive, though the expedition had halted the course of the disease.
  • He was depressive, he had writer's block, and he drank too much.
  • Modern medicine has folded the diagnosis into the disorder known as major depressive episodes with psychotic features.
  • The problem is the manic-depressive paradigm of the research professor who teaches.
  • That's because both of theses depressive effects can be compensated for by social inducements.
  • Neuroticism and introversion are both indicators of depression and depressive tendencies.
  • Psychotic depression includes acute depressive symptoms, along with delusions or hallucinations, or both.
British Dictionary definitions for depressive


tending to depress; causing depression
(psychol) tending to be subject to periods of depression See also manic-depressive
Derived Forms
depressively, adverb
depressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for depressive

1610s, from Latin depress-, past participle stem of deprimere (see depress) + -ive. In psychology, from 1905.

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depressive in Medicine

depressive de·pres·sive (dĭ-prěs'ĭv)

  1. Tending to depress or lower.

  2. Depressing; gloomy.

  3. Of or relating to psychological depression.

A person suffering from psychological depression.
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