in·no·va·tive | \ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tiv \

Definition of innovative 

: characterized by, tending to, or introducing innovations

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Other Words from innovative

innovatively adverb
innovativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for innovative


artful, clever, creative, imaginative, ingenious, inventive


uncreative, unimaginative

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Examples of innovative in a Sentence

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

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Open since June 16, this kitchy-adorable shop in North Park is serving up hyper-artisan gelato with some of the most innovative flavor profiles in town. Michele Parente,, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 In the pure Paris tradition, the collections offered a myriad of looks that felt innovative, youthful, and beautifully crafted. Michael Philouze, Vogue, "A Vogue Editor’s Diary of Paris’s Spring 2019 Men’s Shows," 26 June 2018 Our leaders, are compassionate, understanding, kind, generous but also innovative, knowledgeable and supportive. Fortune, "New American Funding," 26 June 2018 Optimistic, hardworking, creative, inventive, innovative, and driven, that is Main Street – yesterday and today. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "USA & Main: Welcome to USA TODAY's new storefront for small businesses and entrepreneurs," 7 June 2018 Read more: Tesla Model 3: Highly innovative, but built with 'dinosaur technology' Brian Wheeler, a spokesman for the utility, said the current proposal will have wide-ranging benefits if approved. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Consumers Energy pitches $7.5M electric vehicle charging plan," 17 May 2018 One of the most innovative and engaging dancers ever to lace up a tap shoe, Michelle Dorrance heads back to the Pillow with her troupe., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The mind-bending NBC comedy The Good Place was overlooked despite being the most innovative show on network television. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Spoon and Grizzly Bear, two of the most innovative bands of the past 20 years, headline on Friday. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 28-July 4: Middle of the Map, Flaming Lips, Nelly, Whiskey Myers," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of innovative

1608, in the meaning defined above

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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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