• WordNet 3.6
    • adj retentive having the power, capacity, or quality of retaining water "soils retentive of moisture"
    • adj retentive good at remembering "a retentive mind","tenacious memory"
    • adj retentive having the capacity to retain something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • a Retentive Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory. "Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
      Can be retentive to the strength of spirit."
    • n Retentive That which retains or confines; a restraint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retentive Serving to hold or confine; restraining; confining.
    • retentive Retaining; having the power to keep or preserve: as, a body retentive of heat or of magnetism; the retentive force of the stomach.
    • retentive Specifically, in psychology, retaining presentations or ideas; capable of preserving mental presentations.
    • n retentive That which restrains or confines; a restraint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Retentive having power to retain
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The palest ink lasts longer than the most retentive memory.”
  • Madonna
    “I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. rétentif,


In literature:

A retentive memory is of great use to a man, no doubt; but the talent of oblivion is on the whole more useful.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
One of the privileges granted in the terms of surrender was the retention, by officers and cavalrymen, of their own horses.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
But the most remarkable thing through life was his memory, and its wonderful combination of retentiveness and readiness.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 453" by Various
Mine is also retentive and precise.
"The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti" by David Christie Murray
Posts, retention of Western, 17, 68, 79, 84.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
They were the outcome of extremely imaginative and extraordinarily retentive minds.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This publication intensified what had been vague opposition to further retention abroad of the commissioners.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
His memory was more than usually retentive.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
I recommend his retention and training.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole
The sources of his power as a dramatist are evident in his keen observation and retentive memory.
"The Arena" by Various

In poetry:

"I have, and pride myself on having,
A more retentive head than she."—
Then gracefully his right hand waving,
He with no little vanity
"The Text" by Charles Lamb

In news:

CND Retention Starter Pack .
The holsters feature an easy to use retention system which holds the weapon secure.
Politics Played the Villian in a Panel Discussion About Judicial Retention.
The style #028 features a tension device and precise molding for handgun retention.
Style #028 features a tension device and precise molding for handgun retention.
I'm curious as to how these "retention bonuses" work.
Paying attention to retention.
Higher education is in dire need of a customer retention program.
Customer retention is one thing.
Florida retention pond arrests erosion.
MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu here said it has offered retention agreements to some key executives as the company investigates a possible sale and seeks to revamp its positioning in the market.
Customer retention cited as most valuable retail measurement, study says.
One person has died after driving her vehicle into a retention pond along Shannon Road in Columbus Friday night.
The President's Retention Campaign (pdf) is built for club presidents to help keep members interested and engaged.
Rage Introduces Blade- Retention Collar.

In science:

Using straightforward analogues of the results in Section 4 we can now show that the existence of a giant component for the percolated network is equivalent to the survival of the INT under percolation with retention parameter p using the argument of Section 8.
Random networks with sublinear preferential attachment: The giant component
This process dominates a Bernoulli percolation on a d + 1-regular tree with retention parameter 1 − δ .
Random walks on Galton-Watson trees with random conductances
Pr[X = x] · p[x → y ] Px Pr[X = x] · p[x → y ] where p[x → y ] is the probability that x is perturbed to y , and can be determined by the retention probability p.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
Both methods use a retention probability p to randomize the data, thus, ensure some uncertainty of the SA value in a record such as ρ1 -ρ2 privacy.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
Firstly, there is a nontrivial percentage of micro groups that violate (ε, δ )-reconstruction-privacy. A larger retention probability p leads to more violating micro groups.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction