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creative

adjective cre·a·tive \ krē-ˈā-tiv , ˈkrē-ˌā- \

Definition of creative

1 :marked by the ability or power to create :given to creating
  • the creative impulse
  • a creative genius
2 :having the quality of something created rather than imitated :imaginative
  • the creative arts
  • creative writing
3 :managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits
  • creative financing
; also :deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud
  • creative accounting

creatively

adverb

creativeness

noun

Examples of creative in a Sentence

  1. She's a very creative person.

  2. She has one of the most creative minds in the business.

  3. They've come up with some creative new ways to make money.

  4. a creative solution to a difficult problem

  5. He teaches creative writing at the university.

  6. the first step in the creative process

  7. It turns out that the company's report of record profits last year was due to some creative accounting.

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Origin and Etymology of creative


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creative

noun

Definition of creative

1 :one who is creative; especially :one involved in the creation of advertisements
2 :creative activity or the material produced by it especially in advertising

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Origin and Etymology of creative


CREATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

creative

adjective

Definition of creative for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas

  • : using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created

  • : done in an unusual and often dishonest way


CREATIVE Defined for Kids

creative

adjective cre·a·tive \ krē-ˈā-tiv \

Definition of creative for Students

:able to invent or produce new and original things

creatively

adverb

creativeness

noun

Word Root of creative

The Latin word creāre, meaning “to produce” or “to cause,” gives us the root cre. Words from the Latin creāre have something to do with producing or causing. To create something is to produce it. Anyone creative is able to produce new and original things. A creature is a being that was alive when it was produced



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