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Of or relating to a linguistic form or construction that indicates an agent or agency, as the suffix -er in singer.
An agentive form or construction.
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(ˈeɪdʒəntɪv) ,




1. (Grammar) (in some inflected languages) denoting a case of nouns, etc, indicating the agent described by the verb
2. (Linguistics) (of a speech element) indicating agency: '-er' in 'worker' is an agentive suffix.
a. the agentive case
b. a word or element in the agentive case
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(ˈeɪ dʒən tɪv)

1. of or designating a linguistic form or case that indicates the doer or causer of an action.
2. an agentive word or suffix, as the suffix -er in painter.
3. the agentive case.
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[ˈeɪdʒəntɪv] N (Gram) → agentivo m
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