[jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv]See more synonyms for generative on Thesaurus.com
- capable of producing or creating.
- pertaining to the production of offspring.
- of or relating to generative grammar.
- using rules to generate surface forms from underlying, abstract forms.
Origin of generative
1375–1425; late Middle EnglishRelated formsgen·er·a·tive·ly, adverbgen·er·a·tive·ness, nounin·ter·gen·er·a·tive, adjectivenon·gen·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·gen·er·a·tive, adjective
< Middle French generatif, Late Latin generātīvus.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-generative
- of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etca generative cell
- capable of producing or originating
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Word Origin and History for non-generative
early 15c., from generate + -ive. Use in linguistics is attested by 1959. Related: Generativity.
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non-generative in Medicine
- Having the ability to originate, produce, or procreate.
- Of or relating to the production of offspring.
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