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 The sport has regularly put a premium on the creativity shown by the outfit ensembles. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "International Skating apologizes for 'error' nominating Holocaust-themed costume for award," 3 Dec. 2019 The Power of Broke,’ John explains the advantages of being broke, the creativity that sparks from lack of finances and how out-of-the-box ideas lead to billion-dollar businesses. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "8 Books You Need to Read to Get Your Money Right," 27 Nov. 2019 Houston physicians and friends wore cocktail dresses and suits, enjoyed drinks and food and took in the creativity of several physician artists and musicians at The Arts of Healing event at The Post Oak Hotel. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Art giving back: Houston physicians share their art, raise funds for Sunshine Kids," 13 Nov. 2019 The parallel between the creativity of farming and surfing is not lost on Sarah. Melissa Buote, Bon Appétit, "Where the Waves Are Fast and the Food Is Slow," 7 Nov. 2019 The creativity of some of those other drag artists really inspires me. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Sasha Velour Travels with at Least Three Suitcases," 25 Oct. 2019 Like the Soviet Union before it, China’s tyranny stifles the creativity of its people. Marion Smith, National Review, "After 70 Years, Communist China Is Weaker Than It Appears," 30 Sep. 2019 Its binding is broken and pages marked with marginalia and coffee stains from hours teaching in the lab—traces of a teacher inspiring the creativity of others. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 Don’t forget the creativity All these business reasons are beside one fundamental point: A fashion show is one of the best opportunities a designer has to communicate a creative vision. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creativity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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