in·​ven·​tive in-ˈven-tiv How to pronounce inventive (audio)
: adept or prolific at producing inventions : creative
an inventive mind
: characterized by invention
an inventive method
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 Sora can take prompts from users and produce detailed, inventive, and photorealistic one-minute-long videos. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 As a result, many wine lists seem not only more expensive but shorter, simpler and less inventive. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 For many years, the American artist has been examining the Golden Record in films, sculptures and works on paper that are hilarious, haunting and brilliantly inventive. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 There has never been any doubt that NASCAR’s totally inventive and seemingly crazy idea of building an auto racing track inside the L.A. Memorial Coliseum was a totally transparent attempt to increase its footprint in its largest market in the country. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The project is itself a miles-outside-the-box adaptation of an inventive and fairly straightforward picture book by Emma Yarlett, which Kaufman complicates as only a galaxy brain like his can. Peter Debruge, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Going all the way back to JUCO powerhouse Blinn College in the early 1990s, Fritz has put together inventive offenses that maximize talent. USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Yuno Miles' ostrich-squeal-rap is built around dexterous and inventive flows. Kieran Press-Reynolds, Pitchfork, 19 Jan. 2024 It’s known for its inventive pancake flavors and Sonoran-fusion egg dishes. Devorah Lev-Tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inventive was in the 15th century

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“Inventive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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in·​ven·​tive in-ˈvent-iv How to pronounce inventive (audio)
: gifted with the skill and imagination to invent
inventively adverb
inventiveness noun

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