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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web This show features work by Arkansas women and is themed around inventive uses of paper. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2021 In this remarkable new cookbook, Bergo provides stories, photographs and inventive recipes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Since the mid-1960s, Benglis, 79, has been one of America’s most inventive sculptors, constantly pushing materials toward new and unexpected forms — solidifying spills, magnifying knots, toying with metallic, sparkly and gorgeously unstable colors. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 By making a statement and taking a stand, Fishpond has become far more than the makers of high quality, inventive products for fly fishermen. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 11 June 2021 King Crimson, one of the most inventive bands of its time (Robert Fripp, best guitarist alive? Ben Crandell,, 10 June 2021 The other factor that cannot be minimized is Yoshio Miyajima’s gorgeous and inventive black-and-white cinematography, which never fails to arrest—whether the setting is a slag heap, a primeval forest, a swamp, or one of many corn and wheat fields. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 8 June 2021 With more than two building's worth of vendors selling inventive devices and gear, education sessions, and a Friday Night Fish Fry to boot, the association says there is something for everyone. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2021 Las Vegas history is filled with inventive cheaters. Kevin Pang, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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