agen·​ti·​val | \ ¦ā-jən-¦tī-vəl \
variants: or agentive \ ˈā-​jən-​tiv \

Definition of agentival

: expressive of an agent or of agency : denoting the performer of an action agentive nouns an agentive suffix

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First Known Use of agentival

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agentival

agent entry 1 + -ival (-ive entry 1 + -al entry 1), -ive entry 1

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“Agentival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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