from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • adj. Having the power of generating, propagating, originating, or producing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of generating, propagating, originating, or producing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to generation or propagation; connected with or resulting from the process of begetting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the ability to produce or originate
  • adj. producing new life or offspring


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Compare French génératif.


  • We incorporate this wave of progressive maturation into the IGM model by allowing the basal layer of cells, which we call the generative layer, to proliferate giving rise to apical daughters or additional generative layer cells throughout sepal development (

    PLoS Biology: New Articles

  • There just isn't the money in HE to do things again, so we have developed a system called the generative learning object tool that lets us disaggregate LOs and tweak them - of course our origin LOs are Flash based with XML manifests, which makes things easier.

    Who re-uses learning objects?

  • By contrast, so-called generative adults — those who score highly on tests measuring civic-mindedness, and who are likely to be energetic and involved — tend to see many of the events in their life in the reverse order, as linked by themes of redemption.

    Narrative Psychology

  • Intermorphic call the generative music mix tweets "tikls" [ "tickles"], but Mixtikl can also play short chorded tunes & sound fx tikls as well.

    KVR News: Top Stories

  • This author advances the idea of the glandular system as an integral whole, the glands forming a unity which might be termed the generative system.

    Reasoned Audacity

  • Balog combines so-called generative language models with learning algorithms.


  • The essential conflict is between what Zittrain terms generative platforms which can be reprogrammed and repurposed by almost anyone and tethered appliances that pretty much controlled by the manufacturer.


  • That particular methodology called generative-transformational did not include paralanguage, kinesics, or cultural influences.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • The "generative" Net, as Zittrain describes it, is extraordinary, but it has also generated a host of destructive "malware" that threatens much more than the comment section on your favorite blog.

    Lawrence Lessig: The Solipsist and the Internet (a Review of Helprin's Digital Barbarism)

  • These kids have no idea who Paul Hopper is and are unfamiliar with concepts such as generative and universal grammar- amazing.

    Christian University Decertifies Democrat Club, Why it is the Right Decision - Warner_Todd_Huston’s blog - RedState


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    December 6, 2006