[ jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv /


capable of producing or creating.
pertaining to the production of offspring.
  1. of or relating to generative grammar.
  2. using rules to generate surface forms from underlying, abstract forms.

Origin of generative

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French generatif, Late Latin generātīvus. See generate, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for generative


/ (ˈdʒɛnərətɪv) /


of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etca generative cell
capable of producing or originating
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Medicine definitions for generative


[ jĕnər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′- ]


Having the ability to originate, produce, or procreate.
Of or relating to the production of offspring.
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