- An example of something recursive is a computer program that uses the same formula at the end of one line of numbers to create the next line of numbers.
- An example of something recursive is an essay that keeps repeating the same ideas over and over again.
The definition of recursive is using the same formula or operation on a result to create the next result, or repeatedly returning to the same point.
- reapplying the same formula or algorithm to a number or result in order to generate the next number or result in a series
- returning again and again to a point or points already made: a recursive style of writing
Origin of recursiveClassical Latin recurs- (stem of recurrere, to run back: see recur) + -ive
- Of or relating to a repeating process whose output at each stage is applied as input in the succeeding stage.
- Mathematics Of or relating to a sequential formula or function in which the first term or first set of terms is given, but in which subsequent terms are defined in relation to preceding terms.
- Computers Of or relating to an algorithm or procedure which refers to itself in its definition or calls itself in its execution.
- Linguistics Relating to or characterized by recursion.
(comparative more recursive, superlative most recursive)
- drawing upon itself, referring back.
- The recursive nature of stories which borrow from each other
- (mathematics, not comparable) of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms
- (computing, not comparable) of a program or function that calls itself
- (computing theory, not comparable, of a function) which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time
- (computing theory, not comparable, of a set) whose characteristic function is recursive (4)