Definition Of recessive


(of the stress on a word or phrase) tending to fall on the first syllable.

In modern English all the disyllabic and trisyllabic words have only recessive stress, e.g. colour, marriage.

a recessive trait or gene.

Instead selection causes the same increase in allele frequency in both dominants and recessives , at least early on when the fates of nearly all alleles are determined.

relating to or denoting heritable characteristics controlled by genes that are expressed in offspring only when inherited from both parents, i.e., when not masked by a dominant characteristic inherited from one parent.

Self-pollination in these strains was found to be controlled by duplicate, recessive genes.

undergoing an economic recession.

the recessive housing market

Example Of recessive

  • A line of briard dogs has been identified that is affected by an autosomal recessively inherited retinal disease resulting in severe, early onset visual impairment.

  • Almost all mutants were found to behave as simple Mendelian recessives .

  • But regardless of why most incompatibilities act as recessives , the present results leave little doubt that they do.

  • Consequently recessiveness of the two mutations is well established.

  • Despite the recessive market we face, we are optimistic that more business will be done than last year.

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