Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Capable of imagining or inventing.

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  • adj. inventive; productive; capable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inventive; productive; capable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of forging or producing; inventive.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Possibly from forge1 + -tive (as in inventive or creative).

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From forge.

Examples

  • Rowley '-- issued in thick succession from this wonderful, and, to use the Shakspearean word in a twofold sense,' forgetive 'brain.

    Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Complete

  • Being quick and forgetive in his mental operations, even while completing his toilet, he had formed a plan for an attack upon the kingdom of darkness lying around him.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick

  • Howsoever "apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes" his brain may be, it never gambols from the superintendence of his reason and understanding.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859

  • It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapours 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.

    Act IV. Scene III. The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth

  • It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish and dull and curdy vapours which environ it; makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble fiery and delectable shapes, which, delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.

    The Second Part of King Henry IV

  • "It ascends me into the brain ... makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery and delectable shapes; which delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit."

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  • A cup of tea at the right moment does for the virtuous reveller all that Falstaff claims for a good sherris-sack, or at least the first half of its "twofold operation:" "It ascends me into the brain; 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 delivered over to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit."

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish and dull and curdy vapours which environ it; makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble fiery and delectable shapes, which, delivered o’er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

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