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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In 1984, the FCC decided that program-length commercials, like those that would soon come in the forms of Strawberry Shortcake and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, were inventive and okay. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Porcelain Mania Meissen figurines were sought-after for centuries for their delicacy, inventive design, and craftsmanship, and Rockefeller collected dozens. Fortune, "The 10 Biggest Surprises From the $828 Million Rockefeller Auction," 12 May 2018 Bartenders across the state have latched on to its majestic floral bouquet as a base for inventive cocktails, but this is one libation that’s just as pleasant to sip straight. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 5 distilleries," 4 June 2018 Next, head over to the timelessly chic Ginger for an appetizer and one of its highly inventive cocktails. Anchorage Daily News, "Out-of-town guests? Here’s where to take them to eat around Anchorage.," 31 May 2018 Think clean wood designs and fun extras: a record library in the lobby, a turquoise bar serving inventive cocktails, a game room with a pool table and vintage pinball. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Your Next Weekend Trip from NYC Should Be to Asbury Park, New Jersey," 25 May 2018 In her charming new book, Prêt-à-Party: Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining, Rose presents dozens of inventive ideas for year-round table-setting and party-throwing. House Beautiful, "Set a Harvest Tablescape That Breaks the Rules," 25 Sep. 2015 Like other inventive facades, Etalon City takes an all or nothing approach to the idea of buildings as art. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Behold, Hokusai’s famous wave print stretching across six buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 That may all change now with a very inventive solution that makes use of all the best things: lasers, nonlinear optics, and conservation of energy. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 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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