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Definition of "recursive" [recursive]

  • Drawing upon itself, referring back. (adjective)
  • Of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms (adjective)
  • Of a program or function that calls itself (adjective)
  • Which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time (adjective)
  • Whose characteristic function is recursive (4) (adjective)

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Use "recursive" in a sentence
  • "What makes it recursive is when we shift back to previous steps such as research or editing."
  • "When my JSON endpoint returns a list of strings to be displayed in turn maybe the current top 10 blog posts, I call a recursive display function that does the simple task of showing each in turn."
  • "I’m fairly sure of this, but wait, first the eggs come from chickens, but those also came from eggs …. can’t think, stuck in recursive loop …."