gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈjen-rə-tiv How to pronounce generative (audio) , ˈje-nə-, -ˌrā-tiv \

Definition of generative

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

Examples of generative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a counterpoint, Jones has centered joyous forward momentum as a generative balancing act in lockstep with Miyake, himself a survivor of the destructive force of the Hiroshima bombing. Blythe Marks, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2022 In addition to eliminating much of the pleasure and charm of everyday male-female interactions, the constant demonizing of men has led us to lose sight of what is valuable and generative in male and female difference. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Like any novel tool, generative models introduce significant changes in the process of art-making. Wired, 18 July 2022 Here are three ways leaders can foster a more positive and generative relationship with failure and equip their teams to move forward. Bryan Powell, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 And, second, as a young Black bluesman from the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the most myth-encrusted and generative blues style, Kingfish is an ideal standard-bearer for the tradition. Carlo Rotella, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Any generative algorithm can produce an indefinite number of images, but not all of these will typically be conferred artistic status. Wired, 18 July 2022 Part of my role is drawing out voices that deserve to be heard and shedding light on generative possibilities and robust goodness. David Marchese, New York Times, 1 July 2022 It can also be applied as a generative act when things are difficult or when the person makes no sense to you. Dede Henley, Forbes, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of generative

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Generative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈjen-(ə-)rət-iv How to pronounce generative (audio) , -ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce generative (audio) \

Medical Definition of generative

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

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