Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.


 (əb-zôrp′shən, -sôrp′-)
1. The act or process of absorbing or the condition of being absorbed.
2. A state of mental concentration.

[Latin absorptiō, absorptiōn-, from absorptus, past participle of absorbēre, to absorb; see absorb.]

ab·sorp′tive (-tĭv) adj.
ab′sorp·tiv′i·ty n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.absorptive - having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.); "as absorbent as a sponge"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


Having a capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The DBM's reason for the budget cuts was DOLE's low absorptive capacity, Bello said.
Pernia said LGUs must be able to improve their absorptive capacity in view of the Supreme Court's decision to grant the Mandanas petition.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) maintained that the implementation of free higher education is on "track" - noting that "decisive actions" are already in place amid reports of alleged "underspending" and "low absorptive capacity" of the commission.
For instance, Ho and Wang (2015) showed that alliances do not perform well when a firm's absorptive capacity cannot overcome challenge associated with knowledge protection from its partner, which is deterred from the institutional distance between partners.
The scope and intensity of the impact are very diverse due to numerous industry-related determinants, the scale and age of enterprises, prevailing attitudes and development orientations, the level of business knowledge and business management skills, as well as the innovative and knowledge absorptive capacity, or the role of business advice (Navarro & Eldridge, 2016; Blackburn, Hart, & Wainwright, 2013; Stawasz, 2013; Gudkova, 2008; Wiklund & Shepherd, 2003).
One way to look at this question which is not only something that investors and aid agencies will look at but one that we should also ask us regularly, is to evaluate our absorptive capacity.
I single out several likely economic risks at present: (1) inflation; (2) exchange rate changes; (3) interest rate changes; (4) the contractor choice; and (5) absorptive capacity.
As Fanon points out, "under-developed" nations, upon throwing off formal colonization, often try to develop their way out of this situation toward an absorptive capitalism, premised on the ceaseless gains in productivity that characterize "developed" nations.