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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•ces•sive /rɪˈsɛsɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. tending to recede.
  2. Geneticsof or relating to one of a pair of hereditary traits that is masked by the other when both are present in an organism.
See -cess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•ces•sive  (ri sesiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. tending to go, move, or slant back;
  2. Geneticsof or pertaining to a recessive.
  3. Phonetics(of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word.

n. Genetics. 
  1. 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.
  2. Geneticsthe trait or character determined by such an allele. Cf.  dominant (def. 6).
re•cessive•ly, adv. 
re•cessive•ness, n. 
  • Latin recess(us) (see recess) + -ive
  • 1665–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
recessive /rɪˈsɛsɪv/ adj
  1. tending to recede or go back; receding
  2. (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
  3. (of a character) controlled by such a gene
    Compare dominant
  4. (of stress) tending to be placed on or near the initial syllable of a polysyllabic word
  1. a recessive gene or character

reˈcessively adv reˈcessiveness n
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