innovative

adjective
in·​no·​va·​tive | \ ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tiv How to pronounce innovative (audio) \

Definition of innovative

: characterized by, tending to, or introducing innovations

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Other Words from innovative

innovatively adverb
innovativeness noun

Examples of innovative in a Sentence

an innovative approach to the problem a creative and innovative young designer

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Overall Total Expert Score: 92/100 | Consumer Score: 97% give it 4 stars or higher An expensive but unique and innovative top-of-the-line stainless-steel fire pit. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits to Build a Campfire Anywhere," 6 May 2019 Great companies tend to have alluring stories to explain their origins: a charismatic founder, an innovative idea, or a product or technology that goes on to become part of the culture of America itself. Jon Gertner, WSJ, "‘IBM’ Review: Building Big Blue," 30 Apr. 2019 These five amazing leaders have transformed their towns with innovative ideas like a celebration of local musicians in New York, a ski school in Vermont, a needle exchange in Indiana, and more. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Husband-and-wife authors and cocktail lovers David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson started with an innovative idea. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "12 Cocktail Books to Improve Your Bartending Skills," 9 Nov. 2018 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that KLM has already anchored itself as one of the most digitally innovative actors in the airline industry. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers on Keeping Up With the 'Big Kids'," 11 Oct. 2018 The project will be funded by a $100,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of a nationwide competition that encourages town leaders to address problems with innovative ideas. Justin Chen, BostonGlobe.com, "Below the street, robots turn sewers into sensors," 1 July 2018 The term was coined around 2016, about the time that seriously innovative ideas started popping up in that particular sliver of space. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 With its heartbreaking season four finale on April 17, The Magicians has proved once again to be one of the most innovative risk-takers in modern television all the while punching us right in the feels. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""The Magicians" Finale Just Pulled Off Its Most Heart-wrenching Risk Yet," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of innovative

1608, in the meaning defined above

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innovative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of innovative

: introducing or using new ideas or methods
: having new ideas about how something can be done

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