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This page has two definitions of transformative in English. Transformative is an adjective. Also define these 18 related words and terms: cause, transformation, transformatory, transmutative, nontransformative, linguistics, generative, theory, generative grammar, defined, operation, call, produce, new, sentence, existing, one, and transformational.



From Medieval Latin transformātīvus (transformative), from Latin trānsfōrmātus (transformed) + -īvus (suffix attached to the perfect passive participial stems of verbs, forming deverbal adjectives meaning ‘doing or related to doing [the verb]’). Trānsfōrmātus is the perfect passive participle of trānsfōrmō (to transform), from trāns- (prefix meaning ‘across; beyond; through’) + fōrmō (to fashion, form, format, shape) (from fōrma (appearance, figure, form, shape); further etymology unknown, perhaps related to Ancient Greek μορφή (morphḗ, a form, shape)).[1] The English word is analysable as transform +‎ -ative.



transformative (comparative more transformative, superlative most transformative)

  1. That causes transformation.
    Synonyms: transformatory, transmutative
    Antonym: nontransformative
    • 2019 November 6, Graeme Pickering, “New targets for Northumberland”, in Rail, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: Bauer Media, ISSN 0953-4563, OCLC 999467860, page 46:
      "You'll know the transformative effect that the Metro has had on the whole of Tyneside," says NCC [Northumberland County Council] leader Peter Jackson. "This new passenger line will have the same effect on southeast Northumberland. It's a transformative project and we're going to make sure it happens."
  2. (linguistics) Chiefly in transformative-generative: of or relating to a theory of generative grammar in which defined operations called transformations produce new sentences from existing ones; transformational.
    • Linguistics definition
      The scientific study of language.
    • Transformational definition
      Of, pertaining to or leading to transformation.

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  1. ^ transformative, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2018; “transformative, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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