/ɪrəˈtɛntɪv/ (say iruh'tentiv)

adjective Rare
not retentive; lacking power to retain, especially mentally.
irretentiveness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Irretentive — Ir re*ten tive, a. Not retentive; as, an irretentive memory. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irretentive — [ir΄i ten′tiv] adj. not retentive …   English World dictionary

  • irretentive — irretentiveness, irretention, n. /ir i ten tiv/, adj. not retentive; lacking power to retain, esp. mentally. [1740 50; IR 2 + RETENTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • irretentive — adjective Not retentive or apt to retain …   Wiktionary

  • irretentive — adj. not capable of holding or retaining, lacking the ability to retain (especially of memory) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • irretentive — ir·retentive …   English syllables

  • irretentive — ir•re•ten•tive [[t]ˌɪr ɪˈtɛn tɪv[/t]] adj. not retentive; lacking power to retain, esp. mentally • Etymology: 1740–50 ir re•ten′tive•ness, ir re•ten′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • irretentive — …   Useful english dictionary

  • irretention — noun Absence of retention; the state or quality of being irretentive; want of power to retain; forgetfulness …   Wiktionary

  • irretentiveness — noun see irretentive * * * irretenˈtiveness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑irretention …   Useful english dictionary

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