creative

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adjective

cre·​a·​tive krē-ˈā-tiv How to pronounce creative (audio)
ˈkrē-ˌā-
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

creative

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noun

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

Examples of creative in a Sentence

Adjective She's a very creative person. She has one of the most creative minds in the business. They've come up with some creative new ways to make money. a creative solution to a difficult problem He teaches creative writing at the university. the first step in the creative process It turns out that the company's report of record profits last year was due to some creative accounting.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
For the creative class to point fingers at the large, breasty gentlemen adrift in tortilla-chip-laden pools of water is to gather a sour harvest of low-hanging fruit. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 The creative team – including writers Doc Wyatt and Kevin Burke — knew there was definitely going to be more then one season, enabling them to create some foreshadowing and develop longer story arcs. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for creative 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin creātīvus, from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -īvus -ive

Noun

derivative of creative entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of creative was in 1678

Dictionary Entries Near creative

Cite this Entry

“Creative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creative. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

creative

adjective
cre·​ative
krē-ˈāt-iv
1
: able to create especially new and original things
2
: showing or requiring imagination
creative writing
creatively adverb
creativeness noun
creativity
ˌkrē-ā-ˈtiv-ət-ē
ˌkrē-ə-
noun

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