recursive

[ri-kur-siv]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or using a rule or procedure that can be applied repeatedly.
2.
Mathematics, Computers. pertaining to or using the mathematical process of recursion: a recursive function; a recursive procedure.

Origin:
1935–40; recurs(ion) + -ive

recursively, adverb
recursiveness, noun
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recursion (rɪˈkɜːʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of returning or running back
2.  logic, maths the application of a function to its own values to generate an infinite sequence of values. The recursion formula or clause of a definition specifies the progression from one term to the next, as given the base clause f(0) = 0, f(n + 1) = f(n) + 3 specifies the successive terms of the sequence f(n) = 3n
 
[C17: from Latin recursio, from recurrererecur]
 
re'cursive
 
adj

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Example sentences
Its solution requires what mathematicians call a recursive sequence of moves.
Recursive functions is a topic of built-in ongoing interest to anyone stuck
  with a human mind.
But although it learns from a big body of data, it lacks the recursive
  qualities of spell-check and search.
Recursive models are not new and suffer from the flaw that the bangs and the
  crunches are not symmetrical.
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