gen·er·a·tive | \ˈjen-rə-tiv, ˈje-nə-, -ˌrā-tiv\

Definition of generative 

: having the power or function of generating, originating, producing, or reproducing

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The murder is what gave birth to the society in the first place: its generative event. Frank Wilson,, "'Evolution of Desire': René Girard, a man in full," 6 July 2018 Juričić worked with Arup to develop the shape, which was created with generative algorithms that use parameters like the room’s shape, the archetypal form of Mediterranean pergolas, and desired porosity to inform the pergola’s final form. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ethereal 3D-printed pergola debuts at Venice Architecture Biennale," 18 June 2018 The system uses a two-part AI algorithm called a generative adversarial network (GAN). Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence can predict how you’ll look decades from now," 13 June 2018 The company’s realism comes in part from a technique recently trendy in machine-learning circles called generative adversarial networks, which can create photo-realistic images. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI," 25 Apr. 2018 Jamison is interested in something else: the possibility that sobriety can form its own kind of legend, no less electric, and more generative in the end. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Writing and Alcohol: A Reckoning," 6 Apr. 2018 The tenets of the ancients give his works gas: Nature is generative; painting aims not to depict it, but to embody it. Cate Mcquaid,, "Cao Jun: the dance and the chance of it," 28 Mar. 2018 The meaning is called out of this generative mixture. Martin Seligman,, "When the brain is off to sleep — but hard at work," 22 Mar. 2018 But the vineyard heartbreak has been generative, too, forcing Edmunds toward new terroir. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve Edmunds is the unsung hero of California wine," 12 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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gen·er·a·tive | \ˈjen-(ə-)rət-iv, -ə-ˌrāt- \

Medical Definition of generative 

: having the power or function of propagating or reproducing generative organs

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