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 The subject of real estate is a provocative and generative one in Cusk studies. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 The latest advancement in deep neural techniques — especially generative adversarial networks — fuels VC techniques' growth and paves a path to produce surreal fake voices of utmost high quality that are indistinguishable to human ears. Dominic David, Forbes, 10 May 2021 It’s both an ecological alert and a visual metaphor for generative systems. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2021 Clean coding doesn’t necessarily beget a generative culture. Jeremy Duvall, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Deepfakes are created using a machine-learning technique called a GAN (generative adversarial network), in which two deep neural networks—a type of machine learning loosely based on the way the human brain works—are trained in tandem. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2021 But there’s an undeniably generative sense to the chaos, of destruction blasting new paths toward clarity., 15 Apr. 2021 The technique used to create them is called a GAN, or generative adversarial network. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2021 That's why recovery efforts should include a major push to get generative, additive industries like music fully back on their feet. Billboard, 12 Feb. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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