retentive (adj.) Old form(s): retentiue
confining, constraining, imprisoning
JC I.iii.95[Cassius to Casca] nor strong links of iron, / Can be retentive to the strength of spirit
Tim III.iv.82[Timon to all] Have I been ever free, and must my house / Be my retentive enemy, my gaol?
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