Recursive definitions

rĭ-kûr'sĭv
Of or relating to a repeating process whose output at each stage is applied as input in the succeeding stage.
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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.
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Of or relating to an algorithm or procedure which refers to itself in its definition or calls itself in its execution.
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Relating to or characterized by recursion.
adjective
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Reapplying the same formula or algorithm to a number or result in order to generate the next number or result in a series.
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Returning again and again to a point or points already made.

A recursive style of writing.

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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.

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.

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Drawing upon itself, referring back.

The recursive nature of stories which borrow from each other.

adjective
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(mathematics, not comparable) Of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms.
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(computing, not comparable) Of a program or function that calls itself.
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(computing theory, not comparable, of a function) Which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time.
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(computing theory, not comparable, of a set) Whose characteristic function is recursive (4)
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