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

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Arielle recommends the Mubert generative music app. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Everything From Apple’s WWDC," 7 June 2019 The literary games that attracted the Oulipians were the ones that held the greatest generative promise: constraints that force the author to abandon intention to a greater or lesser degree and allow the process to take over. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 Desktop Metal is developing generative design programs, whose evolutionary algorithms can generate new forms for familiar parts, to liberate this innovativeness. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Second, generative design promises a substantial boost in product performance and quality. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 The crude black-and-white faces on the left are from 2014, published as part of a landmark paper that introduced the AI tool known as the generative adversarial network (GAN). James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 Their works deploys a type of neural network known as a generative adversarial network, or GAN. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 Obvious uses a type of AI called a generative adversarial network, or GAN. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Christie’s just sold an AI-generated painting for $432,500. It’s already controversial.," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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