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 (dĭ-spûr′sĭv, -zĭv)
1. Tending to become dispersed.
2. Tending to produce dispersion.

dis·per′sive·ly adv.
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tending or serving to disperse
disˈpersively adv
disˈpersiveness n
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(dɪˈspɜr sɪv)

serving or tending to disperse.
dis•per′sive•ly, adv.
dis•per′sive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dispersive - spreading by diffusion
distributive - serving to distribute or allot or disperse
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