[ ey-juhn-tiv ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒən tɪv /
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for agentive
/ (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
- the agentive case
- a word or element in the agentive case
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