[ ey-juh n-tiv ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒən tɪv /

adjective Grammar.

pertaining to, or productive of, a form that indicates an agent or agency.
(in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role or case of a noun phrase that indicates the volitional or primary causer of the action expressed by a verb.


an agentive word or suffix.
the agentive case.

Origin of agentive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for agentive


agential (eɪˈdʒɛnʃəl)

/ (ˈeɪdʒəntɪv) grammar /


(in some inflected languages) denoting a case of nouns, etc, indicating the agent described by the verb
(of a speech element) indicating agency``-er'' in ``worker'' is an agentive suffix


  1. the agentive case
  2. a word or element in the agentive case
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