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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 recreationally
  • Hallucinogens are relatively harmless substances, whether used recreationally, spiritually or medicinally.
  • Cigar and pipe aficionados tend to smoke recreationally, where cigarette smokers do so habitually.
  • If you are recreationally fishing for finfish, you need to register.
  • Mangrove habitat serves as a valuable nursery for a variety of recreationally and commercially important marine species.
  • The city still has places where visitors can recreationally pan for gold.
  • These crabs are both commercially and recreationally harvested for their tasty meat.
  • The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended.
British Dictionary definitions for recreationally


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 recreationally



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

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