[ noun ] (psychology) the power of retaining and recalling past experience
"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 ?
[ noun ] the property of retaining possessions that have been acquired