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[ri-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv]
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  1. of, relating to, or characterized by regeneration.
  2. tending to regenerate.

Origin of regenerative

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word regenerātīvus. See regenerate, -ive
Related formsre·gen·er·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·gen·er·a·tive, adjectivenon·re·gen·er·a·tive·ly, adverbun·re·gen·er·a·tive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for regenerative


late 14c., from Old French regeneratif or directly from Medieval Latin regenerativus, from regeneratus, past participle of regenerare "bring forth again" (see regeneration).

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