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depressive

[dih-pres-iv] /dɪˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to depress.
2.
characterized by depression, especially mental depression.
noun
3.
a person suffering from a depressive illness.
Origin
1610-1620
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
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British Dictionary definitions for postdepressive

depressive

/dɪˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to depress; causing depression
2.
(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 postdepressive

depressive

adj.

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

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postdepressive in Medicine

depressive de·pres·sive (dĭ-prěs'ĭv)
adj.

  1. Tending to depress or lower.

  2. Depressing; gloomy.

  3. Of or relating to psychological depression.

n.
A person suffering from psychological depression.
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