When one says "this is too sticky" or "this isn't sticky at all" one is talking about an object's stickiness. Is there a word to say the same about something's possibility (or lack thereof) of being retained?

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    Which meaning of 'retain' are you thinking of? Possession, servicemen, memory, etc?
    – Jeutnarg
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 17:06

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Selectees, none over age 39, had to be physically fit, mentally awake and morally straight, with saber-sharp military bearing and at least 15 months retainability.

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    Couldn't upvote due to low reputation, but marked as accepted! Many thanks! Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 13:52
  • @Rathony - Ah thanks - didn't know that! Guess I should hang around on meta more often!
    – Ste
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 11:06

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