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

Examples of innovative in a Sentence

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

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In this environment, only the most innovative companies that are able to stay on top of consumer trends are likely to do well. WSJ, "Kraft Heinz Squeezed by Lower Prices and Higher Costs," 2 Nov. 2018 The innovative cutting board was invented by their late father, Kevin Young, who passed away from cancer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Shark Tank' Episode Honoring a Late 9/11 Firefighter Left Everyone in Tears," 22 Oct. 2018 In Langenlois, about five miles north of Sepp Moser, the LOISIUM WineExperience takes an innovative approach to showcasing the history—and future—of Austrian wine. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 The William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award recognizes business leaders with innovative approaches to industry and dedication to their communities., "Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully named "Industrialist of the Year" by Baltimore Museum of Industry," 14 June 2018 The innovative company has even collaborated with Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert in the field of animal welfare, to create a set of humane guidelines for handling its cattle. Natasha Wolff, Town & Country, "The Best Mail-Order Beef and Butcher Shops Across America," 13 June 2018 Despite the innovative imaging approach, the light-sheet is still governed by the rules of optics. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 2018 The innovative approach transforms students into successful 21st century learners. John Benson,, "Fairview Park High School seniors receive Polaris Career Center biomedical science and engineering awards," 7 May 2018 That policy allows private companies to submit ideas for major transit projects, and is intended to encourage creative, innovative approaches to the city’s transportation needs. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Gondola Could Someday Ferry You from Union Station to Dodger Stadium," 26 Apr. 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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