absorptive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

absorption +‎ -ive

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɔɹp.tɪv/, /əbˈsɔɹp.tɪv/, /əbˈzɔɹp.tɪv/, /æbˈzɔɹp.tɪv/

Adjective[edit]

absorptive (comparative more absorptive, superlative most absorptive)

  1. Having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb or imbibe. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1939British White Paper of Palestine of 1939
      In practice, from that date onwards until recent times, the economic absorptive capacity of the country has been treated as the sole limiting factor...

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9