gen·​er·​a·​tive ˈje-nə-rə-tiv How to pronounce generative (audio)
ˈje-nə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce generative (audio)
: having the power or function of generating, originating, producing, or reproducing
… Elizabeth Gilbert dives into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.Camryn La Sala
… her gift is essentially organizational rather than generative.Martin Filler
: such as
biology : of or relating to the production of offspring
vegetative and generative plant growth
the generative organs of mammals
see also generative cell, generative nucleus
computing : using artificial intelligence algorithms to create complete units of content (such as text compositions, images, audio, or video) based on a broad corpus of material
generative AI
Unlike the phone's predictive text feature, ChatGPT is said to be generative (the G in GPT).JoElla Carman and Jasmine Cui

Examples of generative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is currently at play in generative AI with very high premiums, especially at the application level. Raphaëlle D’ornano, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 However, several challenges continue to hinder the widespread adoption of AI and generative AI in the industry, with a lack of skills or finding the appropriate skilled labor named by respondents as the top challenge. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Another groundbreaking generative artificial intelligence tool from the company behind ChatGPT unveiled Thursday is expected to accelerate the proliferation of deepfake videos and have implications for virtually every industry. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 16 Feb. 2024 OpenAI has unveiled a generative artificial intelligence tool capable of creating hyper-realistic videos, marking the San Francisco startup’s first major encroachment onto Hollywood. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 These compounding problems require a new perspective on cyberattacks that looks beyond lost dollars, breached files, or doomsday debates over generative AI tools like ChatGPT or artificial general intelligence. Nicole Tisdale, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 That’s the percentage of global enterprise AI decision-makers who have concrete plans to implement generative AI internally and for customers. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 The main thing is the neural processing unit (NPU), a specialized block on recent high-end Intel and AMD CPUs that can accelerate some kinds of generative AI and machine-learning workloads more quickly (or while using less power) than the CPU or GPU could. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 The push into generative A.I. has coincided with cuts elsewhere. Tripp Mickle, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generative was in the 14th century

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“Generative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


gen·​er·​a·​tive ˈjen-(ə-)rət-iv How to pronounce generative (audio) -ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce generative (audio)
: having the power or function of propagating or reproducing
generative organs

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