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

capable of producing or creating.
pertaining to the production of offspring.

of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etc: a generative cell
capable of producing or originating

early 15c., from generate + -ive. Use in linguistics is attested by 1959. Related: Generativity.

generative gen·er·a·tive (jěn’ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā’-)


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