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 From innovative ways to questionable methods that sometimes don’t pass muster, competitors try to push the envelope of the rulebook attempting to gain even a tenth of a second advantage. Greg Engle, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Consider innovative ways to provide a beneficial service. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 25 May 2021 What are the innovative ways event holders are keeping guests safe during COVID-19? Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, 21 May 2021 Magic Johnson Park is reflective of a new way of thinking about how existing land can be used in innovative ways to serve infrastructural purposes — such as water storage. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 That means employers must find innovative ways to recruit -- and offer higher wages. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2021 Seeing the creativity expressed by (most of) humanity during the pandemic in terms of finding innovative ways to stay connected., 14 May 2021 President Joe Biden will talk with three Democratic and three Republican governors Tuesday about innovative ways to get more people vaccinated, USA TODAY has learned. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 To be sure, other news organizations, including The Washington Post, are covering the aftermath of the election fraud lies and the insurrection, sometimes in innovative ways, as NYU professor Jay Rosen recently wrote. Washington Post, 2 May 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Innovative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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