what's the difference between repetitious and repetitive?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

From Kenneth Wilson:

Repetitious means “full of or characterized by repetitions” and especially “boring or tedious repetitions,” as in Her conversation was silly and repetitious. Repetitive simply means “characterized by repetitions”: Making these wooden handles involved several repetitive procedures on the lathe. Had the procedures also been repetitious, the worker would almost certainly have found them tedious; that they were repetitive does not insist on their tediousness.


Anonymous said...

Keneth when you are explaining something a normal language is expected.... Repetitive means many things repeting and repeatitive means one thing repeting...