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iterative

[it-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /ˈɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
repeating; making repetition; repetitious.
2.
Grammar, frequentative.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Late Latin iterātīvus. See iterate, -ive
Related forms
iteratively, adverb
iterativeness, noun
uniterative, adjective
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Examples from the web for iterative
  • Research on the iterative process that good writers use has informed the curriculum and instruction as well.
  • Our process is iterative which is the secret sauce to coming up with good ideas.
  • The iterative books will be much richer than the old ones.
  • Technical people more often proceed through balancing tradeoffs, and iterative refinement.
  • There are a lot of iterative interface enhancements that make it more usable.
  • During data collection this process is typically iterative and can change as new information is gathered.
  • Their games are always-in-development, iterative projects that evolve as users clamor for new features.
  • But it comes with the territory when you have a culture of iterative innovation, they say.
  • It is my opinion that this is why iterative, agile and prototyping approaches to software development have become so popular.
  • Science is the process of deriving generalizations from the iterative testing of hypotheses through experimentation.
British Dictionary definitions for iterative

iterative

/ˈɪtərətɪv/
adjective
1.
repetitious or frequent
2.
(maths, logic) another word for recursive See recursive
3.
(grammar) another word for frequentative
Derived Forms
iteratively, adverb
iterativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for iterative
adj.

"involving repetition," late 15c., from French iteratif (c.1400), from Late Latin iterativus, from iterat-, past participle stem of iterare (see iteration). As a noun, from 1854. Related: Iteratively.

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