1. the power of retaining and recalling past experience
    he had a good memory when he was younger
  2. the property of retaining possessions that have been acquired
  3. the power of retaining liquid
    moisture retentivity of soil
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How To Use retentiveness In A Sentence

  • Sahre has catalogued and organized everything about this modest outcropping of homes with an admirable anal retentiveness. 2008 June :
  • ‘Progress, far from consisting in change,’ said the Spanish sage, ‘depends on retentiveness.’
  • … now go wipe, your anal retentiveness is showing … Think Progress » Fox News: ‘Al Gore’s Global Warming Movie: Could It Destroy Our Economy?’
  • There was also a lot of anal-retentiveness on display. A Conundrum « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog
  • Without the aid of a swingometer, and feeling a bit low on powers of anal retentiveness today, I would guess that those sorts of swings would wipe out most, if not all, of Labour's Commons majority. Won`t Get Fooled Again
  • While I think this is good in the long run (T's anal-retentiveness is generally an admirable trait, but it does mean that it takes us ages to sign any contract for anything), it means that we won't make an offer for a few weeks, at least. Archive 2006-05-01
  • ‘Progress, far from consisting in change,’ said the Spanish sage, ‘depends on retentiveness.’
  • Also, is it the height of anal retentiveness to point out that Chaplin's first film appearance wasn't until 1914? kevtron VOTD: Charlie Chaplin in The Matrix | /Film
  • Last comes a stage when retentiveness is exhausted and all that happens is at once forgotten; a vain, because unpractical, repetition of the past takes the place of plasticity and fertile readaptation. The Life of Reason
  • A better aphorism from him, which should be pinned to the wall of every management consultant's office, was "progress, far from consisting in change depends on retentiveness". Will policy makers never learn from past mistakes?
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