1(memory/mind) retentivoyoung children are very retentive — los niños pequeños tienen mucha retentiva / gran poder de retención
- Giacometti had an exceptionally powerful and retentive visual memory, and his biographer attested to frequent instances of recollections decades old.
- His retentive memory for dates was going to prove a great asset in his later career.
- Anything material can be destroyed, but thought is retentive and has accumulated throughout Time.
- The book is packed with little gems of wit and wisdom which often have nothing to do with English usage, but which disclose an extraordinarily lively and retentive intelligence, and make the book a pleasure to read.
- For Barthes, film animates the photograph, which for him is distensive and retentive, and draws the photograph forth into protensiveness.
- The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannical, so beyond control!
- She's very retentive of any facts about the culture, especially about the language.
- Orwell's strong retentive memory for poetry is also suggested in a 1942 review of the first three of Eliot's Four Quartets.
- You have much comprehension in your dealings with people, and an amazingly retentive memory.
2to be retentive of sth — conservar algo
- heat-retentive material — material que retiene / conserva el calor
- Soils tend to be high in acid with a predominance of clay (25 per cent and more), low in pH, but well drained and moisture retentive.
- These mixes are light and water retentive, perfect for little seedlings on the go.