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generative

[jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
capable of producing or creating.
2.
pertaining to the production of offspring.
3.
Linguistics.
  1. of or pertaining to generative grammar.
  2. using rules to generate surface forms from underlying, abstract forms.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French generatif, Late Latin generātīvus. See generate, -ive
Related forms
generatively, adverb
generativeness, noun
intergenerative, adjective
nongenerative, adjective
ungenerative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for generatively

generative

/ˈdʒɛnərətɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etc: a generative cell
2.
capable of producing or originating
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Word Origin and History for generatively

generative

adj.

early 15c., from generate + -ive. Use in linguistics is attested by 1959. Related: Generativity.

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generatively in Medicine

generative gen·er·a·tive (jěn'ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā'-)
adj.

  1. Having the ability to originate, produce, or procreate.

  2. Of or relating to the production of offspring.

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