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1A person who or thing which generates something; a creator, a producer; a cause. Now rare.
3A substance used for generating gas quickly by a chemical reaction. More fully "gas generant".
Generating, productive; (Mathematics) acting as or constituting a generant. rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in David Person (fl. 1635). From post-classical Latin generant-, generans creator, use as noun of masculine of classical Latin generant-, generāns, present participle of generāre generate.
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