intensive [in-ten-siv] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by intensity: intensive questioning.
  2. tending to intensify; intensifying.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    1. increasing in intensity or degree.
    2. instituting treatment to the limit of safety.
  4. noting or pertaining to a system of agriculture involving the cultivation of limited areas, and relying on the maximum use of labor and expenditures to raise the crop yield per unit area (opposed to extensive).
  5. requiring or having a high concentration of a specified quality or element (used in combination): Coal mining is a labor-intensive industry.
  6. Grammar. indicating increased emphasis or force. Certainly is an intensive adverb. Myself in I did it myself is an intensive pronoun.


  1. something that intensifies.
  2. Grammar. an intensive element or formation, as -self in himself, or Latin -tō in iac-tō, “I hurl” from iacō, “I throw.”

Origin of intensive First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word intēnsīvus. See intense, -ive Related formsin·ten·sive·ly, adverbin·ten·sive·ness, nounun·in·ten·sive, adjectiveun·in·ten·sive·ly, adverbCan be confusedintense intensive intents Examples from the Web for intensiveness Contemporary Examples of intensiveness

  • Pathways offers employment services no matter the intensiveness of the disability (they have a lottery system).

    Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business

    Elizabeth Picciuto

    October 27, 2014

  • Historical Examples of intensiveness

  • The intensiveness of cultivation has been reduced in the towns, the least remunerative no longer pays.

    Recent Developments in European Thought


  • In many lessons the aim seems to be chiefly to enlarge certain concepts by adding to their intensiveness.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • This order is, in a general way, the order of intensiveness of the several kinds of invention.

    The Classification of Patents

    United States Patent Office

  • British Dictionary definitions for intensiveness intensive adjective

    1. involving the maximum use of land, time, or some other resourceintensive agriculture; an intensive course
    2. (usually in combination) using one factor of production proportionately more than others, as specifiedcapital-intensive; labour-intensive
    3. agriculture involving or farmed using large amounts of capital or labour to increase production from a particular areaCompare extensive (def. 3)
    4. denoting or relating to a grammatical intensifier
    5. denoting or belonging to a class of pronouns used to emphasize a noun or personal pronoun, such as himself in the sentence John himself did it. In English, intensive pronouns are identical in form with reflexive pronouns
    6. of or relating to intension
    7. physics of or relating to a local property, measurement, etc, that is independent of the extent of the systemCompare extensive (def. 4)


    1. an intensifier or intensive pronoun or grammatical construction

    Derived Formsintensively, adverbintensiveness, noun Word Origin and History for intensiveness intensive adj.

    mid-15c., from French intensif (14c.), from Latin intens-, past participle stem of intendere (see intend). As a noun, 1813, from the adjective. Alternative intensitive is a malformation. Intensive care attested from 1958. Related: Intensively.

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