Meaning of ITERATIVE in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌrā]d.]iv, _rə], ]t], ]ēv also ]əv adjective

Etymology: Middle French iteratif, from Late Latin iterativus frequentative, from Latin iteratus (past participle) + -ivus -ive

1. : marked by or involving repetition or reiteration or repetitiousness or recurrence

iterative methods

iterative poetic imagery

2. : serving or tending to repeat ; specifically of a verb form or aspect : expressing repetition of an action — compare frequentative , reduplicative

• it·er·a·tive·ly ]ə̇vlē, -li adverb

• it·er·a·tive·ness ]ivnə̇s, ]ēv- also ]əv-\ noun -es

II. noun

( -s )

: a word expressing repetition of an action

III. adjective

: relating to or being an iteration

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