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

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From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Paul Kahan, the Publican’s executive chef, says inventive chefs compete to draw in diners with increasingly unconventional cuts. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Barbecued Beef Heart Anyone? Offal Enjoys Its Foodie Moment," 6 Sep. 2018 After a visit, wander the surrounding ViBe Creative Art District to discover all manner of local makers, inventive chefs, craft brewers and distillers. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Virginia Beach festivals and happenings you “shore” won’t want to miss," 19 Mar. 2018 The menu adheres to the slow food movement and offers an inventive take on Mexican food. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Mexico City," 13 Mar. 2018 No such problems exist under the watchful eye of inventive chef Elizabeth Johnson. San Antonio Express-News, "Pharm Table," 8 Mar. 2018 Tanya Taylor Taylor is perhaps best known for her cheery, colorful prints (namely her florals) and her inventive takes on classic dress silhouettes. Ana Colon, Glamour, "What It Means to Be a Female Fashion Designer in 2018," 15 Feb. 2018 London’s Least Humble Pies An eater’s guide to the most inventive savory-pie-makers in London Holborn Dining Room has been a savory pie destination since opening under chef Calum Franklin, the city’s pre-eminent sculptural pie-maker, in 2014. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 But the most inventive solution of all came from the town of North Paravur, a suburb of the Kerala city of Kochi. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Pass Through a Maze to Enter This Bar in India? Challenge Accepted," 16 July 2018

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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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