Definition of agentive in English:



  • 1 formal Taking an active role; producing an effect.

    ‘the program envisions designers as agentive, social citizens’
    • ‘Some objects appeared to be self-propelled and agentive.’
    • ‘It's not as if the outcome played any agentive role in the disappointment.’
    • ‘One of the key experiences of hearing voices is the lack of agentive control over the voices.’
    • ‘Placing emphasis on small stories allows for the study of how people as agentive actors position themselves.’
    • ‘There are of course many agentive female political forces both in history and today.’
    • ‘Today's romances offer strong-willed, intelligent, and agentive women with careers.’
    • ‘Heather's strength as a warrior helps promote the idea that all women can be strong, competent, agentive heroes.’
    • ‘She draws on a popular call-and-response song that celebrates agentive female sexuality.’
    • ‘An agentive individual looks in two directions: to past actions and the responsibility for the actions, and to the future, toward the potential.’
    • ‘Working like this is a shift in direction, cultivating agentive children instead of subservient ones. ’
    1. 1.1Grammar Denoting a word or part of a word that expresses the doer of an action.
      ‘agentive nouns are typically derived from a verb through suffixation of -er’
      • ‘A linguistically aware speaker will surely recognize the presence of the agentive morpheme er in the word baker.’
      • ‘What do agentive nouns such as singer, dancer, murderer, walker, speaker, and many more, have in common?’
      • ‘Do phonemes have an agentive role?’
      • ‘It indeed would be a devilishly subtle inflection: to imply that someone is aspiring above his station, merely by failing to reduce the vowel of the agentive suffix.’
      • ‘The agentive suffix er, in one of its uses, designates a person who performs some schematic activity.’



/ˈājəntiv/ /ˈeɪdʒəntɪv/