generative vs productive what difference

what is difference between generative and productive

English

Etymology

From Middle English generatyve, generatyf, generatif. Compare French génératif.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛnəɹətɪv/, /ˈdʒɛnɹətɪv/, /dʒəˈnɛɹətɪv/

Adjective

generative (comparative more generative, superlative most generative)

  1. Having the power of generating, propagating, originating, or producing.
    • Of course, structures like those associated with (36) and (37) constitute only a tiny subset of the infinite set of well-formed sentence structures found in English. We can increase the Generative Capacity of our grammar ( = the set of structures which it generates) either by expanding the Lexicon on the one hand, or by expanding the Categorial Rules (i.e. Phrase Structure Rules) on the other.

Synonyms

  • creative

Antonyms

  • annihilative

Related terms

  • degenerative

Translations


German

Adjective

generative

  1. inflection of generativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Adjective

generative

  1. feminine plural of generativo

Anagrams

  • generatevi


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin productivus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈdʌktɪv/

Adjective

productive (comparative more productive, superlative most productive)

  1. Capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile.
  2. Yielding good or useful results; constructive.
  3. Of, or relating to the creation of goods or services.
  4. (linguistics, of an affix or word construction rule) Consistently applicable to any of an open set of words.
    • Moreover, this relationship is a productive one, in the sense that when new Adjectives are created (e.g. ginormous concocted out of gigantic and enormous), then the corresponding Adverb form (in this case ginormously) can also be used. And in those exceptional cases where Adverbs do not end in -ly, they generally have the same form as the corresponding Adjective, as with hard, fast, etc.
  5. (medicine) Of a cough, producing mucus or sputum from the respiratory tract.
  6. (medicine) Of inflammation, producing new tissue.
  7. (set theory) A type of set of natural numbers, related to mathematical logic.

Usage notes

In English, the plural suffix “-es” is productive because it can be appended to an open set of words (singular nouns ending in sibilants). Thus, if a new word with that pattern becomes an English noun (e.g. *examplex), it would have a default plural (e.g. *examplexes) because “-es” is productive.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:productive

Antonyms

Related terms

  • productively
  • productiveness
  • productivity

Translations

References

  • productive in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • productive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

French

Adjective

productive

  1. feminine singular of productif

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /proː.dukˈtiː.u̯e/, [pɾoːd̪ʊkˈt̪iːu̯ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /pro.dukˈti.ve/, [prɔd̪ukˈt̪iːvɛ]

Adjective

prōductīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōductīvus

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