- Having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb or imbibe. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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 […]
having capacity to imbibe
- ^ “absorptive” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.