cre·​a·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌkrē-(ˌ)ā-ˈti-və-tē, 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

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In the 30 years since, Slam Jam has become a licensee, a store, a collaborator, and a nexus of creativity and cool. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Think Streetwear Is a New Phenomenon? Meet Luca Benini Who Started the Hype 30 Years Ago," 11 Jan. 2019 Beyond the National Theatre, and its focus on creativity and artistic expression, Mayhew is an animal charity that focuses on the welfare of cats and dogs in particular. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Receives Not One But Four Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 An imaginative blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varieties shows creativity and grace from a winery near downtown Boise. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 For you, Cancer, Venus’s cosmic reversal occurs in the area of your chart linked to creativity and artistic expression. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 But the reaction to reboots is a mixed bag, leaving some elated to relive the good old days and others lamenting about the lack of creativity and the risk of ruining the original. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Reba, Magnum P.I., Last Man Standing: Which TV Reboots Do You Actually Want?," 9 Aug. 2018 Kendall Jenner isn’t letting snow stifle her fashion creativity. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Pairs Pink Bikini With Snow Boots on the Ski Slopes," 30 Dec. 2018 Spending time outdoors in Japan also fuels his creativity. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "This ‘Dog Man’ Has Its Day," 22 Dec. 2018 Take that note as a way to kickstart your creativity for writing a menu theme that’s satisfying but not over-indulgent. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of creativity

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

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