Something absorptive has the quality of soaking up liquids. Paper towels are advertised as being extremely absorptive, but often a washcloth or sponge works even better to soak up spills.

You can buy special towels that are more absorptive than usual for drying your hair — they're made to absorb water. or soak it up quickly. You can also use this adjective in a figurative way, especially when you talk about one thing taking in something else (like an absorptive mind that takes in information) or accepting something (like an absorptive country that allows many immigrants to enter). The Latin root is absorbere, "swallow up."

Definitions of absorptive
  1. adjective
    having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
    synonyms: absorbent
    absorbefacient, sorbefacient
    inducing or promoting absorption
    assimilating, assimilative, assimilatory
    capable of taking (gas, light, or liquids) into a solution
    absorbing moisture (as from the air)
    able to absorb liquid (not repellent)
    having the capacity to absorb the energy of an impact
    spongelike, spongy
    like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed
    able to take in large quantities of moisture
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    nonabsorbent, nonabsorptive
    not capable of absorbing or soaking up (liquids)
    repellent, resistant
    incapable of absorbing or mixing with
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