in·​ven·​tive | \ in-ˈven-tiv How to pronounce inventive (audio) \

Definition of inventive

1 : adept or prolific at producing inventions : creative an inventive mind
2 : characterized by invention an inventive method

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
Recent Examples on the Web The reveal—why Piranesi is in the house, who his compatriots are, why his memory is so hazy—is wildly inventive. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2022 Your subconscious dreaming mind is, by nature, more inventive. David G. Allan, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 With Mercury entering your birth sign on the 4th, your brain will be working overtime to plan and prepare but whatever comes up near the 7th will challenge you to be highly inventive. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 1 Aug. 2022 Visually, the movie is surprisingly inventive, with takeoffs on everything from manga to Hokusai prints. Mark Feeney,, 13 July 2022 An undated photo provided by the Marzani family shows Charlotte Pomerantz, an inventive children’s author. Neil Genzlinger,, 30 July 2022 Chan’s inventive and engaging method involves casting student activists, many of whom are awaiting trial, in dramatic recreations of pivotal moments in Hong Kong’s history. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 27 July 2022 The two are on the run as a mysterious force is causing people to off themselves in disturbingly inventive ways. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 26 July 2022 Chef Christian Fritzinger’s locally-minded seasonal menu for JB Messmer is rife with inventive options such as peach basil soup, trout ceviche, and chilled lobster with cucumber tagliatelle. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inventive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inventive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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