retentiveness has definitions from the field of psychology
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[ noun ] (psychology) the power of retaining and recalling past experience

Synonyms

memory retention

Examples

"he had a good memory when he was younger"

Used in print

(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)

If adjectival meanings show relatively low retentiveness of stems , as I am confident will prove to be the case in most languages of the world , why should our basic lists include 15 per_cent of these unstable forms , but only 8 per_cent of animals and plants which replace much more slowly ?

Related terms

faculty recall retain

2
[ noun ] the property of retaining possessions that have been acquired

Related terms

acquisitiveness

3
[ noun ] the power of retaining liquid

Examples

: "moisture retentivity of soil"

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