WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•ces•sive /rɪˈsɛsɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- tending to recede.
- Geneticsof or relating to one of a pair of hereditary traits that is masked by the other when both are present in an organism.
(ri ses′iv),USA pronunciation adj.
- tending to go, move, or slant back;
- Geneticsof or pertaining to a recessive.
- Phonetics(of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word.
- Geneticsthat one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.
- Geneticsthe trait or character determined by such an allele. Cf. dominant (def. 6).
- Latin recess(us) (see recess) + -ive
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recessive /rɪˈsɛsɪv/ adj
- tending to recede or go back; receding
- (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
- (of a character) controlled by such a gene
- (of stress) tending to be placed on or near the initial syllable of a polysyllabic word
reˈcessively adv reˈcessiveness n
- a recessive gene or character
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