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Having symptoms that develop slowly or appear long after inception. Used of a disease.
[French, feminine of tardif, from Old French, slow; see tardy.]
literary tending to develop late; characterized by lateness
appearing or tending to appear late, as in human development or in the treatment of a disease.
[1960–65; < French tardive, feminine of tardif tardy]
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|Adj.||1.||tardive - late-occurring (especially with reference to symptoms of a disease); "tardive dyskinesia"|
Fr. tardío, retardado-a, que tarda en aparecer.