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refractive

[ri-frak-tiv] /rɪˈfræk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to refraction.
2.
Also, refractile. having power to refract.
Origin of refractive
1665-1675
1665-75; < Late Latin refrāctīvus (of pronouns) reflexive. See refract, -ive
Related forms
refractively, adverb
refractiveness, noun
nonrefractive, adjective
nonrefractively, adverb
nonrefractiveness, noun
unrefractive, adjective
unrefractively, adverb
unrefractiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for refractive

refractive

/rɪˈfræktɪv/
adjective
1.
of or concerned with refraction
2.
(of a material or substance) capable of causing refraction
Derived Forms
refractively, adverb
refractiveness, refractivity (ˌriːfrækˈtɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for refractive
adj.

1670s, from Late Latin refractivus, or from refract + -ive.

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