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recreational

[rek-ree-ey-shuh-nl] /ˌrɛk riˈeɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to recreation:
recreational facilities in the park.
2.
(of a drug or medication) used for recreation and enjoyment rather than to treat a medical condition:
recreational drugs such as marijuana and alcohol.
Related forms
recreationally, adverb
multirecreational, adjective
unrecreational, adjective
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Examples from the Web for recreational
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  • Libraries, laboratories, and recreational facilities were usually conspicuous by their absence.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • But the national parks are far more than recreational areas.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • The reservoirs themselves are being developed as recreational areas and mountain resorts.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • One must not for an instant, however, consider these noon hours as recreational.

    The Old Coast Road Agnes Rothery
  • After Negroes were assigned to Camp Geiger, for instance, recreational facilities were open to all.

British Dictionary definitions for recreational

recreational

/ˌrɛkrɪˈeɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or used for recreation: recreational facilities
2.
(of a drug) taken for pleasure rather than for medical reasons or because of an addiction
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Word Origin and History for recreational
adj.

1650s, from recreation + -al (1). Related: Recreationally. Recreational drug attested from 1967.

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