Adjective "recessive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or denoting heritable characteristics controlled by genes which are expressed in offspring only when inherited from both parents.
  1. 'Secondly; reductions in the available gene pool have almost always resulted in further proliferation of genetic disorders as recessive genes have a higher probability of combining.'
  2. 'Short hair being dominant over long, breedings between shorthair and longhair cats will produce only shorthair kittens, unless the shorthair parent is carrying the recessive gene for long hair.'
  3. 'In so-called recessive disorders, such as sickle cell disease, your child needs to inherit two bad copies of the gene - one from each parent - to develop the disease.'
  4. 'On occasion, families are observed where both parents have a recessive single gene disorder and yet have normal offspring.'
Undergoing an economic recession.
  1. 'Despite the recessive market we face, we are optimistic that more business will be done than last year.'
  2. 'The recessive 1930s brought the reversal of this globalism while a new one was later formed during the Cold War.'
  3. 'There are a number of ways in which financial planning can pay off, even in a recessive economy.'
(of the stress on a word or phrase) tending to fall on the first syllable.
  1. 'In modern English all the disyllabic and trisyllabic words have only recessive stress, e.g. colour, marriage.'
Tending to fall into disuse.
  1. 'The older system is understood to be recessive.'


A recessive trait or gene.
  1. 'But regardless of why most incompatibilities act as recessives, the present results leave little doubt that they do.'
  2. 'Thus deleterious recessives had not been eliminated from the population to the extent that consanguineous matings were harmless in terms of offspring viability.'


1. tending to go, move, or slant back; receding.

2. Genetics. of or relating to a recessive.

3. Phonetics. (of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word. noun, Genetics.

4. that one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.

5. the trait or character determined by such an allele.Compare dominant (def 6).

More examples(as adjective)

"genes can be recessive."

"mutations can be recessive."

"models can be recessive."

"diseases can be recessive."

"rules can be recessive."

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Late 17th century: from recess, on the pattern of excessive.