inventive

adjective
in·​ven·​tive | \in-ˈven-tiv \

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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But the real beauties are some of the more inventive dishes, like the Spanish octopus with marcona almond romesco and Basque pepper, or the neptune johnnycake smeared with honey butter, Boston smoked bluefish, and sturgeon caviar. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Back in the 1940s, Captain Marvel — who battled the genius worm Mr. Mind, and palled around with a talking tiger — was more popular and substantially more inventive than the drier and less whimsical Superman. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Some people’s less-than-perfect work is still outstanding, and all three Sketch pieces showcased inventive artists with focused vision and the skill to build cohesive structure around the chaos of experimentation. Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "SF choreographer Amy Seiwert’s risky Sketch lab pays off," 29 June 2018 As the world of the show has grown more intricate, its pairings of consciousnesses and bodies have also grown more inventive. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 During four years with the band, Kirwan composed thoughtful instrumentals and performed inventive harmonies. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 During four years with the band, Mr. Kirwan composed thoughtful instrumentals and performed inventive harmonies. Jacey Fortin, BostonGlobe.com, "Danny Kirwan, 68, guitarist during Fleetwood Mac’s early years," 12 June 2018 Different solutions have since been proposed to slash the time needed for individual pixels' total dimming; in one, electric fields are rapidly applied to an LCD panel's molecules in more inventive ways. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199," 1 May 2018 Meanwhile, last-place Ottawa had several on-target shots and seemed to be the more inventive side. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati storms to 3-0 win at Ottawa Fury," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inventive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inventive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inventive

: having or showing an ability to think of new ideas and methods : creative or imaginative

inventive

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in·​ven·​tive | \in-ˈven-tiv \

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