a) drawing upon itself, referring back.

The recursive nature of stories which borrow from each other

b) of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms

Example: the factorial function -

See Also: recursivity, recurrent, recurrence, recursion, recursive conundrum, co-recursive

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