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 Greater Cleveland is home to many restaurants offering traditional sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls to enjoy, along with some other inventive takes on the Japanese dish. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 25 June 2020 David loves to play outside and shows his inventive and imaginative skills when doing so., "David is ready for a family of his own," 21 June 2020 Although the Security Council was largely frozen, there was a certain predictability in the stand-off, and the UN was inventive enough to expand into areas such as peacekeeping, which is not even mentioned in its charter. The Economist, "The new world disorder Global leadership is missing in action," 18 June 2020 But this weird launch of an early prototype is likely indicative of the realities of game development in 2020, where companies are coming up with inventive ways to conduct QA tests outside of traditional offices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ubisoft’s next open-world game leaks as an unfinished prototype on Stadia," 11 June 2020 Spanish friends of mine recount inventive strategies to get those grapes down in a flash: removing seeds ahead of time, pre peeling the skins. National Geographic, "From evil eyes to sacred hearts, a look at lucky charms around the world," 9 June 2020 At the 12-seat Six Test Kitchen, chef Ricky Odbert serves a tasting menu with inventive dishes like spider crab with sorrel and pomelo. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, "This Long-overlooked California Region Has Offbeat Hotels, Stunning Beaches and Hiking Trails, and Some of the Best Wines in the West," 11 June 2020 Then end your night a Smak, the elite eatery’s inventive concept is all about flavors. Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Stockholm," 11 June 2020 And although each show has created a unique world, all deal with grief in wildly inventive ways: bugs, busting walls, bursting into song. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "How these four engaging series take teen angst to all new levels," 2 June 2020

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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