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]
    • 1939, British 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