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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-]
    • /æbˈsɔrp tɪv, -ˈzɔrp-/
    • /əbˈsɔːptɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-]
    • /æbˈsɔrp tɪv, -ˈzɔrp-/

Definitions of absorptive word

  • adjective absorptive able or tending to absorb; absorbent. 1
  • noun absorptive Having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb or imbibe. (First attested in the mid 17th century.). 1
  • abbreviation ABSORPTIVE absorbent 1

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Origin of absorptive

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
1655-65; < Latin absorpt- (stem of absorptus absorbed; see absorption) + -ive

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Parts of speech for Absorptive


absorptive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

absorptive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absorptive

adj absorptive

  • assimilative — of or causing assimilation; assimilating
  • bibulous — addicted to alcohol
  • penetrable — capable of being penetrated.
  • permeable — capable of being permeated.
  • spongy — of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.

adjective absorptive

  • absorbent — Absorbent material soaks up liquid easily.
  • thirsty — feeling or having thirst; craving liquid.
  • hygroscopic — absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.
  • assimilating — to take in and incorporate as one's own; absorb: He assimilated many new experiences on his European trip.
  • absorbefacient — a medicine or other agent that promotes absorption

Antonyms for absorptive

adjective absorptive

Top questions with absorptive

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