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 for retentive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retentive \Re*ten"tive\, a. [Cf. F. r['e]tentif.]
     Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.
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           Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
           Can be retentive to the strength of spirit. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retentive \Re*ten"tive\, n.
     That which retains or confines; a restraint. [R.] --Bp. Hall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  retentive
      adj 1: good at remembering; "a retentive mind"; "tenacious
             memory" [syn: retentive, recollective, long,
             tenacious] [ant: forgetful, short, unretentive]
      2: having the capacity to retain something
      3: having the power, capacity, or quality of retaining water;
         "soils retentive of moisture"

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