Definition of accretive in US English:



  • See accretion

    • ‘Conceived as an accretive extension of the public realm, Norwich's Millennium Centre adds to the city's social, intellectual and civic life.’
    • ‘In those cases, a shell opening is self-defined by the growing accretive margin of the shell.’
    • ‘But the case of St George's is different, as here we are dealing, not with an organic, accretive structure, but with the unified conception of one great mind.’
    • ‘Hip hop and rap, spreading their accretive gospel of preening commercialism and misogynistic narcissism, were still in ascendancy.’
    • ‘Luck, Boccaccio implies, is what separates a healthy life from one marked by disease, and what distinguishes in stature the obsessive markings of one sister from the equally obsessive, accretive projects of the other.’
    • ‘They fuse the artist's accretive sensibility with her decade-long focus on the authoritative power of the book - a power earned through its contents as well as through its seductive tactility as an object.’
    • ‘Having Dobyns represent this veritable ocean is like having Hejinian represent not just that stretch of accretive shoreline called Language poetry but the entire business of circumference.’
    • ‘In the first instance, it should be noted that the process of change that they inaugurated was gradual and accretive rather than immediate and imposed, reflecting an ideal of cooperative participation of public and private interests.’
    • ‘In ‘The Sea-Cucumber’, George Johnston's son has discovered how to make the most of his extraordinary gifts, his encyclopaedic knowledge, accretive wit, sudden darts of speculative fancy.’
    • ‘A display of Beuys's work is trickier still because the artists's installations were fluid, accretive and subject to change.’
    • ‘Culture is often accretive, in that it builds on the past, but equally it can lose technologies, sciences and ideas.’