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recursive

[ri-kur-siv] /rɪˈkɜr sɪv/
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
1935-1940
1935-40; recurs(ion) + -ive
Related forms
recursively, adverb
recursiveness, noun
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Examples for recursively
  • In other words, the end-user's payments are recursively distributed through the producer-consumer hierarchy.
  • He presented an alternative approach to recursion theory using graphs of recursive functions as recursively enumerable sets.
  • If you ever need to drill down through a directory recursively, this code will do it.
  • The program works by recursively finding strong anchors from the collection of maximal matches in the sequences.
Word Origin and History for recursively

recursive

adj.

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

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