Pronunciation: /rɪˈkɜr.sɪv/ Explain

A definition is recursive if it makes use of a repeated algorithm. An example of a recursive definition of a sequence is 'Start with the number 1 and add two for each iteration.' The sequence defined is { 1, 3, 5, 7, ... }.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, recursive. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 153. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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