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[ri-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /rɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/
of, relating to, or characterized by regeneration.
tending to regenerate.
Origin of regenerative
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word regenerātīvus. See regenerate, -ive
Related forms
regeneratively, adverb
nonregenerative, adjective
nonregeneratively, adverb
unregenerative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Wind and Wave and Sun: how regenerative these elder brothers are.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • Even for the Micawbers a land of lots of room was regenerative.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • In the regenerative circuit the tube is performing two jobs at once.

  • After much experimenting on the Invention of the Siemens regenerative burner.

    Gas Burners Owen Merriman
  • These were the early steps which led finally to the regenerative burner.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • Yet behold the schemes of revolution claiming the regenerative.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
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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