1. Of the nature of or containing a concession.
2. Grammar Expressing concession, as the conjunction though.

[Late Latin concessīvus, from Latin concessus, past participle of concēdere, to concede; see concede.]

con·ces′sive·ly adv.


1. implying or involving concession; tending to concede
2. (Grammar) grammar a conjunction, preposition, phrase, or clause describing a state of affairs that might have been expected to rule out what is described in the main clause but in fact does not: "Although" in the sentence "Although they had been warned, they refused to take care" is a concessive conjunction.
[C18: from Late Latin concēssīvus, from Latin concēdere to concede]


(kənˈsɛs ɪv)

1. tending or serving to concede.
2. expressing concession, as the English conjunction though.
[1705–15; < Late Latin]
con•ces′sive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.concessive - of or pertaining to concession


adj (Gram) → konzessiv, Konzessiv-


[kənˈsɛsɪv] adj concessive clause (Gram) → (proposizione f) concessiva
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Contract notice: project management assistance with a view to a feasibility study and the awarding of a concessive installation for the creation of a heat network.
However, while the friend of the Modest Claim can afford to be significantly concessive to their opponent about what the genuine stance-independent values are, and the extent to which they override stance-dependent values, they cannot be infinitely accommodating on this score.
There will be other activities regarding children's interaction inside the class, their ability to focus and comprehend instructions and daily concessive participations among children on different points they explain.
Stanley, J., "Fallibilism and Concessive Knowledge Attributions", en: Analysis, v.
Linguists investigate how the five levels in clause linkage--or the five-level classification of clause linkage--are expressed regarding causal, conditional, and concessive adverbial clauses in 17 languages (including one dialect of Japanese) using a framework proposed by M.
The potential public conflict and the threat by extremists is averted by extremely moderate and concessive behavior but it opens up a conflict in Charlie's and Zoey's relationship that has to be resolved subsequently.
Adversative and Concessive Relations and their Expressions in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese on Sentence and Text Level, Berlin-New York.
These concessive responses result in a signal switching effect, attaining a logic gate operation.
However, the author does not propose a systematic study of the textual articulation in the figuration process, but merely draws attention to the role of "softener" that some acts, such as preliminary or concessive acts, can perform in relation to a principal act.
Simon-Vandenbergen & Aijmer (2007: 95) call such use "concessive": the author agrees (or partly agrees) with the accepted view using certainly, and then provides a new argument, as in (11) and (12):
According to the other popular studies, it should be noted that the problem of synchro-diachronic semantic and syntactic relations of the conditional constructions with other language constructions, especially with time, concessive or causal, still exist [10].