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1. Having the quality, power, or capacity of retaining.
2. Having the ability or capacity to retain knowledge or information with ease: a retentive memory.

re·ten′tive·ly adv.
re·ten′tive·ness n.
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Adv.1.retentively - in a retentive manner
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Proceeding all too quickly, Miola's conclusions are that Shakespeare reads competitively, eclectically, retentively, and with an emphasis on character, and this translates into a writing practice in which he increases the parts played by women, focuses on love rather than sex, increases contrasts in location, and 'defiantly' challenges literary conventions.