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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The brand is also constantly playing with innovative ways to reinvent the runway experience. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch the Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2019 Show Live," 10 Feb. 2019 Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have turned out in record numbers to make their voices heard through activism, with first-time protesters working alongside seasoned organizers to find innovative ways to lead in cities across America. Sarah Baird, Glamour, "Food on the Front Lines: Meet the People Fueling the Resistance," 7 Sep. 2018 The sun in Taurus is enchanted by terrestrial magick, and likewise, these celestial bulls should always find new, innovative ways to celebrate their sensory experiences. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Missouri must find innovative ways to work with local and federal officials to fund these assets, maintain them and build the best new infrastructure avenues possible. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 South Africa hasn't yet repeated the jet biofuel feat, but in an effort to cut its climate-changing emissions and promote greener power the country's researchers are looking for innovative ways to manufacture green aviation fuel at larger scale. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018 The company, which has yet to be named, is being launched with lofty ambitions: to find innovative ways to improve health care for employees of the three companies. Justin Chen, STAT, "How can Atul Gawande help reinvent health care with his new company? These people have some ideas," 21 June 2018 Of most relevance here, with the Time Warner assets, and without the interference of bargaining friction, AT&T will be able to deliver content to its customers in more innovative ways. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Scientific developments through the late 19th and into the 20th centuries led to more innovative ways of identifying and measuring color. Alex Palmer, Smithsonian, "How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Color," 12 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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