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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Consumers benefit from innovative products, and thousands of companies and individuals have built businesses around creating apps to sell in the app store. Greg Linden, The Conversation, "The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade," 25 June 2019 To continue to grow, the industry will likely face higher costs to acquire new customers and will have to find innovative new products and places to expand. Houston Chronicle, "Residential solar demand slowing; industry looks for new places to put panels," 19 June 2019 Sam's Club Tire and Battery Center associates will now use the innovative technology to help trim the tire recommendation process from around 30 minutes to under five minutes. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Sam's Club Is Slashing the Tire Shopping Experience Down to Five Minutes," 14 June 2019 Investors are growing concerned that the company focused too much on cost cutting following the 2015 merger of Kraft and Heinz and not enough on finding new, innovative food products that younger consumers would actually want to buy and eat. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Kraft Heinz is in trouble. How bad could it get?," 4 June 2019 Since its founding in 2014, THINX has helped smash stigmas surrounding menstruation with its clever advertisements and range of innovative products, bringing periods into the mainstream lexicon. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "THINX Is Launching Quick Drying Period Proof Underwear," 22 May 2019 It is recognized for its innovative technology, service excellence and depth of expertise and ranks among the top 10 U.S. wealth managers. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 Thanks to lightweight, innovative products like Steripen and Larq Bottle, travelers can take similar tech on the road. Sunny Fitzgerald, National Geographic, "6 plastic-free ways to travel with safe drinking water," 7 Mar. 2019 At the same time, Israel’s history of socialism and tough regulations erected barriers to business that have thwarted both international and local companies from selling the most innovative products here, said economists and government officials. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "What’s the Hot Device in Startup Nation? The Fax Machine," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of innovative

1608, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of innovative was in 1608

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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