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generative adj
1 having the ability to produce or originate; "generative power"; "generative forces" [syn: productive] [ant: consumptive]
2 producing new life or offspring; "tXsXwhe reproductive potential of a species is its relative capacity to reproduce itself under optimal conditions"; "the reproductive or generative organs" [syn: procreative, reproductive]

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  • /ˈdʒenərətɪv/
  • SAMPA: /"dZen@r@tIv/


Compare French génératif.


  1. Having the power of generating, propagating, originating, or producing.
    • That generative particle. - Bentley

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