cre·​a·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌkrē-(ˌ)ā-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce creativity (audio) , ˌkrē-ə- \

Definition of creativity

1 : the ability to create her artistic creativity
2 : the quality of being creative

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Examples of creativity in a Sentence

her intelligence and artistic creativity the arts and crafts fair showed the remarkable creativity of local artists and artisans
Recent Examples on the Web And it's led to a sudden burst of creativity, resulting in three albums in the past two years. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding, Authority Zero, Jared & the Mill," 2 Dec. 2019 This exceptional run of creativity was witnessed first-hand by Peggy McCreary, the recording engineer who virtually lived in the studio with Prince during this era. Greg Kot,, "Album review: Prince’s ’1999′ keeps on giving in 2019," 15 Nov. 2019 Abu Dhabi is known for a rich and varied food and entertainment scene—spanning experiences across the spectrum, from cool and casual to over-the-top—with no shortage of creativity across the board. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Drinking in Abu Dhabi: A Definitive Guide," 5 Nov. 2019 The recognition of transitoriness, the enhancement of creativity, the dedication to service, the move to simplicity, and the awareness of the moment are best called forth in the experience of the everyday., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 In his first matchup against a Belichick defense, Jackson fused poise with creativity. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Ravens QB Lamar Jackson dazzles against Patriots: 'This man is the MVP'," 4 Nov. 2019 No matter the scale of your Halloween plans, let this display of creativity inspire your night. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Japan’s Kawasaki Parade Is a Serious Display of Halloween Spirit," 31 Oct. 2019 Also, the process of creativity teaches people how to collaborate. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "The MC5’s Wayne Kramer fights for prison reform through rock ‘n’ roll," 25 Sep. 2019 Even among the animation nuts of CalArts, the intensity of Hillenburg’s commitment — and his volcanic outpouring of creativity — was remarkable. Darryn King, Longreads, "The Young Man and the Sea Sponge," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of creativity

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for creativity

creative entry 1 + -ity

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The first known use of creativity was in 1875

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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Creativity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of creativity

: the ability to make new things or think of new ideas

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a period of high artistic development

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