Definition of retentiveness in US English:

retentiveness

noun

  • See retentive

    • ‘‘Progress, far from consisting in change,’ said the Spanish sage, ‘depends on retentiveness.’’
    • ‘The conservative philosopher, George Santayana, addressed the danger of the lack of em>retentiveness in response to what Leon Edel, Henry James's biographer, referred to as ‘America's cult of impermanence’.’
    • ‘The statement occurs in a discussion of the idea of progress in which Santayana contends that progress is more about retentiveness than about change.’

Pronunciation

retentiveness

/rəˈten(t)ivnəs//rəˈtɛn(t)ɪvnəs/