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[ri-pet-i-tiv] /rɪˈpɛt ɪ tɪv/
pertaining to or characterized by repetition.
Origin of repetitive
1830-40; < Latin repetīt(us) (past participle of repetere to repeat) + -ive
Related forms
repetitively, adverb
repetitiveness, noun
nonrepetitive, adjective
nonrepetitively, adverb
unrepetitive, adjective
unrepetitively, adverb
Can be confused
repetitious, repetitive. Unabridged
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  • Some page numbers have been skipped due to blank pages and repetitive half-titles in the original.

    Dante. An essay. R. W. Church
  • But I soon found that there was a curious counter-reward attending even a process as repetitive as this.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • One of the main pre-conditions for quick development is that a large part of the population is inured to hard and repetitive work.

  • Observations of repetitive patterns and awareness of possible deviations blended.

  • It evolved into inclinations, repetitive patterns, and selections until it translated into a rule to be followed.

British Dictionary definitions for repetitive


characterized by or given to unnecessary repetition; boring: dull, repetitive work
Derived Forms
repetitively, adverb
repetitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for repetitive

1805, from Latin repetit-, past participle stem of repetere "do or say again" (see repeat (v.)) + -ive. Related: Repetitively; repetitiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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