The definition of recessive is going back to a former state.(adjective)
An example of something recessive is a third grade student doing first grade math.
Recessive is defined as a gene with characteristics which are not as strong as those on a dominant gene.(noun)
An example of a recessive is the gene for blue eyes.
See recessive in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L recessus (see recess) + -ive
See recessive in American Heritage Dictionary 4
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