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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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Word Origin and History for recursiveness

recursive

adj.

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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