in·ven·tive | \in-ˈven-tiv \

Definition of inventive 

1 : adept or prolific at producing inventions : creative an inventive mind

2 : characterized by invention an inventive method

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Other Words from inventive

inventively adverb
inventiveness noun

Examples of inventive in a Sentence

They have given their new company an inventive name. inventive ways to use leftovers

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The company is also being more inventive on the marketing side, such as a 12-episode reality show starring social influencers on YouTube for Hollister brand. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Abercrombie & Fitch Snapped A Five Year Losing Streak," 7 Mar. 2018 Twenty years into Gorillaz’s career, Mr. Hewlett’s online visual chronicles have been inventive and fun, but Mr. Albarn’s songs have been deeper and more durable. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 Regino Rojas, the inventive and outspoken owner of Revolver Taco Lounge, is DFW's lone semifinalist for a 2018 James Beard Award, a prestigious culinary honor. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Revolver Taco Lounge founder nominated for prestigious culinary award," 15 Feb. 2018 This is a woman who was clearly bold, independent, and very inventive in challenging the norm in quite extraordinary ways. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ruby Lal, author of 'Empress,' discusses the amazing life and reign of Nur Jahan," 27 June 2018 The artistry of its chef team shines through in inventive dishes that focus on seasonality and are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. Bon Appetit, "D.C.’s Food Scene Is Hot! Here’s All the Spots You Should Explore This Summer," 25 June 2018 Using data to target voters who distrust big government and an army of canvassers, Americans for Prosperity has been inventive in turning the public against mass transit. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Koch brothers know how to play the long game to change America.," 19 June 2018 Chef Julieta Caruso uses locally sourced produce to create inventive dishes inspired by famous literature. Kristin Braswell, ELLE Decor, "Just In: Buenos Aires Is The New Paris," 19 Mar. 2018 Locals recommend Casa GioLi or La Capinera for spaghetti with grouper, mint, lemon, and toasted pine nuts, as well as other inventive dishes. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "Exploring Italy's Beautiful Coastal Towns," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of inventive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inventive

: having or showing an ability to think of new ideas and methods : creative or imaginative


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