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[ri-kur-siv] /rɪˈkɜr sɪv/
pertaining to or using a rule or procedure that can be applied repeatedly.
Mathematics, Computers. pertaining to or using the mathematical process of recursion:
a recursive function; a recursive procedure.
1935-40; recurs(ion) + -ive
Related forms
recursively, adverb
recursiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Its solution requires what mathematicians call a recursive sequence of moves.
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  • recursive models are not new and suffer from the flaw that the bangs and the crunches are not symmetrical.
  • Many plants follow simple recursive formulas in generating their branching shapes and leaf patterns.
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  • He presented an alternative approach to recursion theory using graphs of recursive functions as recursively enumerable sets.
  • Axiomatic theories can express more than recursive mathematics.
Word Origin and History for recursive

1790, "periodically recurring," from Latin recurs-, stem of recurrere (see recur) + -ive. Mathematical sense is from 1934. Related: Recursively; recursiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recursive in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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