Re*ten"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. r'etentif.]

Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.

Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit. Shak.


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Re*ten"tive, n.

That which retains or confines; a restraint.


Bp. Hall.


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