Dictionary Definition
recursive adj : of or relating to a
recursion
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English
Adjective
 Drawing upon itself.
 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
 Example: the factorial function 

 f(0) = 1
 f(n) = n x f(n1) for any natural number where n > 0
 which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time
 whose characteristic function is recursive (4)
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Translations
drawing upon itself
 Finnish: itseään toistava
mathematics: of an expression, in which each
term is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms
 Finnish: rekursiivinen
 German: rekursiv
computing: of a program or function that calls
itself
 Finnish: rekursiivinen
 German: rekursiv
computing: of a function which can be computed
in a finite amount of time
 Finnish: rekursiivinen
 German: rekursiv
computing: of a set whose characteristic
function is recursive
 Finnish: rekursiivinen
 ttbc Croatian: rekurzivan
 ttbc Dutch: recursief, recursieve
 ttbc French: récursif
 ttbc Portuguese: recursivo
Extensive Definition
Recursive may refer to:
recursive in French:
Récursif