1. Pertaining to refraction. 2. Having the power to refract. SYN: refringent.

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re·frac·tive ri-'frak-tiv adj
1) having power to refract <a \refractive lens>
2) relating to or due to refraction <\refractive phenomena> <\refractive dispersion of light>
re·frac·tive·ly adv

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re·frac·tive (re-frakґtiv) pertaining to or subserving a process of refraction; having the power to refract.

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