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 company has been focusing more on cost cutting and less on introducing innovative new food products. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "More trouble for Kraft Heinz: Its bonds could soon be rated junk," 12 Aug. 2019 The program is designed to help communities explore innovative approaches to road design through temporary closures, or re-striping. Steven Litt,, "Ohio City’s Market Avenue street furniture removed as Cleveland rethinks park plan," 5 Aug. 2019 Second, and as importantly, the legislation takes an innovative approach to raising standards that is well-suited to domestic work and may also provide a model for other types of jobs that increasingly resemble domestic work. David Madland, Fortune, "A New ‘Bill of Rights’ for Domestic Workers Will Let Them Finally Bargain Collectively," 19 July 2019 In the 1990s the Monroe community obtained grants from organizations to develop innovative educational approaches for the Monroe school. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: My allegiance is to the people," 11 July 2019 VCs have been the lifeblood of virtually every successful tech startup for generations, enabling entrepreneurs to create and refine innovative products and rapidly scale to self-sustaining profitability. Leonard Sherman, WIRED, "'Blitzscaling' Is Choking Innovation—and Wasting Money," 11 July 2019 The leader of High Tech High charter schools, which serve about 5,400 students and has been lauded for an innovative education approach, was also highly-paid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some charter school leaders made more money than San Diego Unified’s superintendent," 6 July 2019 The family-friendly show includes two acts and an intermission and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the Paw Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 This is what makes many employees hesitant to innovative in the first place. Bob Dusin, Quartz at Work, "To be your most authentic self at work, get better at pretending," 13 June 2019

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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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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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