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
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to free parking and air conditioning, Niesse was also innovative in his film choices. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "'Good entertainment in luxurious comfort': When The Vogue was a movie theater," 28 Apr. 2021 Jeff Roth, a government planning expert and author of Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs: Taking a Bite Out of Big Apple Bureaucracy, has been involved in New York City government for 14 years and has participated in several innovative technology projects. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Local governments look to benefit off Bitcoin boom," 11 Apr. 2021 One of the many ways in which the program is innovative is that a team can either develop an AI agent that handles novelty, or design an open-world environment for evaluating such agents, but not both. Mayank Kejriwal, The Conversation, "Embrace the unexpected: To teach AI how to handle new situations, change the rules of the game," 7 Apr. 2021 His declarative writing style was innovative, getting to the truth of the matter in as few words as possible. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingway," 1 Apr. 2021 And oftentimes, collaborations end up being the most innovative projects either company works on during that year. Adrian Falk, Forbes, "Five Ways To Grow Your E-Commerce Store Quickly," 19 Mar. 2021 The technology itself isn’t necessarily innovative, but it’s the first time a system has used wind together with water to supply electricity. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Canary Islands, renewable energy depends as much on people as on wind," 12 Mar. 2021 At the same time, our faculty and staff have been innovative and committed to ensuring that our students’ academic experience has been both supportive and rigorous. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst University plans for in-person learning this fall," 12 Mar. 2021 Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says up to $40 billion in federal loan guarantees will be available for innovative clean energy projects. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what clean energy companies want from President Biden," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Innovative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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