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  • adj. drawing upon itself, referring back.
  • adj. of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms
  • adj. of a program or function that calls itself
  • adj. which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time
  • adj. whose characteristic function is recursive (4)

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  • adj. of or relating to a recursion


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