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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
Recent Examples on the Web So, too, are some of the most innovative independent watch makers: Maximilian Büsser’s MB&F, Rexhep Rexhepi’s Akrivia and Urwerk, by Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "The Mood of Geneva? Watches and Waiting.," 1 May 2020 America has the most innovative health care companies, ingenious technology companies, and strongest medical and academic centers in the world. Elliott Millenson, STAT, "Home testing for Covid-19 will provide the combination to unlock the U.S.," 22 Apr. 2020 Some of the most innovative and helpful of these steps are cap and trade systems that create markets for pollution. Andrew Mcafee, Wired, "Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes," 22 Apr. 2020 Located in the heart of the big city and developed by Hines, this community is one of Houston’s most innovative Inner Loop communities, attracting home buyers who want to start new chapters in their lives. Houston Chronicle, "Somerset Green offers secluded Inner-Loop living," 11 Apr. 2020 Between Backline and complementary program Motown Accelerator in Detroit, gener8tor was named one of the most innovative music companies of 2020 by Fast Company earlier this month. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: Wisconsin receives shipment of personal protective equipment from national stockpile," 31 Mar. 2020 The squadron, a crack gunnery force built around the armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gniesnau, was led by Admiral Graf von Spee, probably the most innovative and daring commander in the Imperial German Navy. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, "How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles," 25 Mar. 2020 But then the coach known as perhaps one of the league’s most innovative play-callers couldn’t dial up the right plays to help the 49ers seal the win., "Another nightmare Super Bowl ending for Kyle Shanahan," 2 Feb. 2020 New Avenues to Independence offers innovative programs and services to people who have Down syndrome, autism, mental illness and other special needs. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "New Avenues’ homes blossom with flowers from Petitti’s: Strong Points," 7 May 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Innovative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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