in·​no·​va·​tive | \ ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tiv How to pronounce innovative (audio) \

Definition of innovative

: characterized by, tending to, or introducing innovations

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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First Known Use of innovative

1608, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Innovative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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