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1. Of or causing tension.
2. Physiology Giving or causing the sensation of stretching or tension.


of or causing tension or strain


(ˈtɛn sɪv)

stretching or straining.
[1695–1705; tens (ion) + -ive; compare French tensif]
References in classic literature ?
William Gardner, an ex- tensive ship-builder, on Fell's Point.
Precis de grammaire tensive. Tangence, Automne, n.70, p.111-143, 2002.
On the basis of this tensive understanding of the church that exists in an interaction of two forces, one can derive some axioms for understanding the relationship between ecclesiology and congregational studies.
Accordingly, this paper aims to think over this question with the recourse to the tensive tools of semiotics to show that the Greek discourse is dominated by the extensivity valence, by intelligibility' by object characteristics, and on the other hand the Roman discourse is dominated by the intensity valence and by sensitivity.
In this way the entire book becomes an extended workout, designed to wean us from an accustomed Western narrative to a more tensive and exciting form.
(53) This is itself one index of the fact that, for more than two centuries, there has been more than one Catholic style for interrogation of modern philosophy and a hesitant recognition that the tensive interplay among these styles has long marked official and unofficial Catholic responses to modernity and its aftermath.
La logique de leur existence tensive se comprend alors avec cet aspect de la valeur et de la moralisation.
By working with key distribution teams with ex- tensive experience in this field - we are excited to see the op- portunities this gives us as a brand.
The concept is "tensive," holding in tension a positive and a negative value.
The analysis of Rosa's short story "Nenhum, nenhuma " unveils the tensive oscillations (from intensity to extensity) regulating the story plot and showing that the different degrees of tonicity and/or speed of the affections revealed by the characters configure the causes of their encounters or separations with more precision.
This interrelationship between body, space and time manifests itself in physical actions proper of the body muscular doing, which entails modifications at the tensive level, creating inner and outer tensions and counter-tensions in the body which also affect dynamics and therefore are responsible for variations at the kinetic and expressive content levels [52].
The virtue of Rouner's collection (part of a three-year project on "The Good Life in a Broken World" supported by the Lilly Foundation) is its tensive diversity, each essay probing its own particular concern - a certain kind of friendship, a specific dimension of friendship, or alternative perspectives on friendship.