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It was a wonderful display of retentiveness, acumen, learning, and power.

Receptivity and retentiveness of impression is not only a property of brain, but of all solid matter without exception.

It was as if her mind, overtrained in receptivity and retentiveness, had only dull tentacles to spare for her finger-tips.

But the most remarkable thing through life was his memory, and its wonderful combination of retentiveness and readiness.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "able to hold or keep" (mental or physical), from Old French retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from past participle stem of Latin retinere (see retain). Related: Retentively; retentiveness.

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