Adjective(1) good at remembering(2) having the capacity to retain something(3) having the power, capacity, or quality of retaining water
(1) She's very retentive of any facts about the culture, especially about the language.(2) The book is packed with little gems of wit and wisdom which often have nothing to do with English usage, but which disclose an extraordinarily lively and retentive intelligence, and make the book a pleasure to read.(3) Soils tend to be high in acid with a predominance of clay (25 per cent and more), low in pH, but well drained and moisture retentive .(4) Giacometti had an exceptionally powerful and retentive visual memory, and his biographer attested to frequent instances of recollections decades old.(5) Orwell's strong retentive memory for poetry is also suggested in a 1942 review of the first three of Eliot's Four Quartets.(6) His retentive memory for dates was going to prove a great asset in his later career.(7) Most children with encopresis have retentive encopresis, meaning that the soiling or seepage results because soft or liquid stool is leaking around firmer stool trapped in the colon.(8) The memory is sometimes so retentive , so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannical, so beyond control!(9) These mixes are light and water retentive , perfect for little seedlings on the go.(10) For Barthes, film animates the photograph, which for him is distensive and retentive , and draws the photograph forth into protensiveness.(11) Anything material can be destroyed, but thought is retentive and has accumulated throughout Time.(12) You have much comprehension in your dealings with people, and an amazingly retentive memory.(13) ├ö├ç├┐Progress, far from consisting in change,├ö├ç├û said the Spanish sage, ├ö├ç├┐depends on retentiveness .├ö├ç├û(14) Its method is designed to help you to learn to read more penetratingly and retentively , to think more clearly, to speak and write more articuÔö¼┬ílately.(15) The conservative philosopher, George Santayana, addressed the danger of the lack of em> retentiveness in response to what Leon Edel, Henry James's biographer, referred to as ├ö├ç├┐America's cult of impermanence├ö├ç├û.(16) He was a widely read man, and read retentively with great speed.