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[rek-ree-ey-shuh-nl] /ˌrɛk riˈeɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to recreation:
recreational facilities in the park.
(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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recreational
  • We usually think of art as essentially a recreational activity: as something that stands apart from the serious business of life.
  • But, historians and humanists also have a role to play in understanding natural and recreational sites that appeal to tourists.
  • These scholars get together occasionally and partake in a recreational way of the pleasures of mathematics.
  • Commuting to the place of work, taking family members to school and recreational activities or from sales call to sales call.
  • Today the number of recreational fishermen are rising as many stocks suffer from dramatic decline.
  • To understand how the recreational drug plays tricks on the mind, neuroscientists gave it to lab rats.
  • She has earned a college degree and holds a job as a recreational therapist in a retirement community.
  • Any tobacco, alcohol, or other recreational drug user would disagree with you.
  • Issues such as frequency of parental recreational drug use.
  • Food and lodging are free, as are extensive recreational facilities.
British Dictionary definitions for recreational


of, relating to, or used for recreation: recreational facilities
(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

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

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