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Definition of the adjective agentive

What does agentive mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [linguistics] Indicating an agent or agency (as -er in lexicographer).
  2. [linguistics] Pertaining to a grammatical agent that performs the action of the verb.

Definition of the noun agentive

What does agentive mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agentives

  1. [linguistics] A word having this construction.

Phrases with agentive

  1. agentive role
  2. Agentive Nominalisation

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Google previewGrammar and Meaning (2014)

A Semantic Approach to English Grammar by Howard Jackson

Agentive means that a human (or other animate} decision or intention is involved, so that verbs expressing actions are usually accompanied by a word referring to a doer or agent. Non—agentive means that an event occurs without a human ...

Google previewMentalization-Based Treatment for Personality Disorders (2016)

A Practical Guide by Anthony Bateman, Peter Fonagy

Being made to feel agentive is a cue for enhanced social communication, which encourages the acceptance and acquisition of information that can be generalized beyond the current situation (in other words, it may have a longterm impact on ...

Google previewIndo-European Word Formation (2004)

Proceedings of the Conference Held at the University of Copenhagen, October 20th - 22nd 2000 by James Clackson, Birgit Anette Olsen

The agentive is an old role of the IE suffix: -ent/ont-: *h,dent- "tooth" which is characterized by its action: "one connected with eating, an eating one", is a substantivized adjective: "belonging to eating";. A tooth is a performer of eating and thus an ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee (2008)

by Douglas Richard Parks, Lula Nora Pratt

A first person agentive prefix (t-) 1/2.A first and second person agentive prefix LP first person patientive prefix (ku-) l.POSS first person possessive prefix 1/2.PL first and second person ...

Google previewAdvances in Generative Lexicon Theory (2012)

by James Pustejovsky, Pierrette Bouillon, Hitoshi Isahara, Kyoko Kanzaki, Chungmin Lee

First, a noun class like kotunge 'mackerel' does not need to have extended agentive qualia.

Google previewA Grammar and Dictionary of Zaiwa (2 Vols.) (2010)

by Anton Lustig

THEAGENTIVE/INSTRUMENTAL SUFFIX <-(N)eq1> The symbol (N) of the agentive/instrumental suffix <-(N)eq1> indicates an optional initial nasal which is homorganic with the final plosive of the preceding form. Section 7.6 has already ...

Google previewA Nahuatl-English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos (1985)

With an Analytic Transcription and Grammatical Notes by John Bierhorst

k Preterite agentive nouns. Preterite agentive nouns used as personal names normally omit the ligature -ca- (DICT: -ca-) before the suffix -tzin. Otherwise the ligature is required wherever a preterite agentive noun is terminally linked with ...

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (2011)

by David Crystal

see AGENTIVE agentive (adj/n.) (AGT) A term used in GRAMMATICAL description to refer to a FORM or CONSTRUCTION whose typical FUNCTION in a SENTENCE is to specify the means whereby a particular action came about ( the agent).

Google previewThe Acquisition of the Lexicon (1994)

by Lila R. Gleitman, Barbara Landau

We propose that the key to understanding the unexpected behavior of the agentive verbs of manner of motion is the fact that in English, such verbs can be used as verbs of directed motion in the presence of a directional phrase (Talmy 1975, ...

Google previewInheritance, Defaults and the Lexicon (2006)

by Ted Briscoe, Ann Copestake, Valeria de Paiva

artifact _ strict-trans-sem IND = |§| eve PRED = and verb-formula AGENTIVE = IND = [E ARG' = PRED = c0ok.L_2-l ARGI = 5| ARG2 = binary- formula ...

Google previewDictionary of Critical Realism (2015)

by Mervyn Hartwig

agentive. agency.See. AGENCY . agentive. realism. upholdsthe sui generis reality of INTENTIONAL CAUSALITY. See alsoAGENCY; MIND; REALISM.

Google previewThe Structure of the Lexicon in Functional Grammar (1998)

by Hella Olbertz, Kees Hengeveld, Jesús Sánchez García

Common semantic properties of complex nominals and VNPs In order to understand these properties one has to bear in mind that sentences with a simplex verb are often ambiguous: they can have either an "active" reading, with an agentive ...

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Agentive Meaning

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Scrabble value of A1G2E1N1T1I1V4E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the second edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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