adj. Archaic
Capable of imagining or inventing.

[Possibly from forge + -tive (as in inventive or creative).]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) poetic imaginative and inventive


(ˈfɔr dʒɪ tɪv, ˈfoʊr-)

adj. Archaic.
inventive; creative.
[1590–1600; perhaps b. forge1 and creative]
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It rises to the brain, evaporates all the foolishness that gathers there, and makes the brain "quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes," or, to say it another way, sack engenders wit (98).
Sack "ascends me into the brain," Falstaff tells us, "dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapors which environ it, makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes, which deliver'd o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit" (2 Henry IV 4.