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English definition of “retentive”

retentive

adjective     /rɪˈten.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/ formal
If you have a retentive memory or brain, you can remember things easily. → See also anally retentiveMemory and memories
(Definition of retentive adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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