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

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The large, beautifully crafted houses that line these streets express both the creativity of their architects and the identify of their owners. Blair Kamin,, "'The Power of Preservation': Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin on why historic preservation matters in Wilmette," 3 June 2019 That same fear of appearing stupid used to block the creativity my career needs in order to thrive. Andrea Barrica, SELF, "How Owning My Sexuality Transformed My Career," 23 Apr. 2019 With bright pastel makeup statements sweeping red carpets and Instagram feeds as of late, actress Sophie Turner has offered a refreshing alternative for lids craving creativity. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Sophie Turner's Cool-Girl Makeup Is Straight Out of Winterfell," 15 May 2019 Here’s an interesting example of constraints spurring creativity: As their names imply, mini programs allow files up to only 2MB. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 Today, one does have to balance creativity with respect. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Val Garland’s New Book Validated Chronicles the Makeup Artist’s Legendary Work," 11 Oct. 2018 Speaking from his own experience, Blake cautioned against conflating creativity with psychological suffering. Andy Hermann, Billboard, "James Blake Speaks Out on Managing 'Suicidal Thoughts' & Staying Healthy on the Road," 2 July 2018 The drum loops won’t stay in the songs but are just there to help inspire creativity. Aaron Carnes, sacbee, "Absynth Quartet’s unpredictable style will make you dance – 'except for that one song'," 23 June 2018 Running lowers cortisol and allows creativity to flow. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Invisible Benefits of Running," 19 June 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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10 Jun 2019

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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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