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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So inventive and colorful is the score, even average performances garner widespread applause. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra enchants on classical season opener at Blossom," 8 July 2019 Coppa Cafe: For eight years, Brian Konefal and Paola Fioravanti cooked some of Arizona's most inventive and exciting food from a small but sunny strip mall restaurant in Flagstaff. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Tacos, sushi, pizza and doughnuts: 16 new restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in June," 2 July 2019 Lateef, who also studied with Harris despite being nine years older, led the most inventive band in Detroit from 1956 to 1959 and was exalted as a role model. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Houses compete to produce the most eye-catching, inventive and flamboyant show invitations delivered often by gas-guzzling courier to each guest’s personal or professional address with little thought for ecology. Washington Post, "Dior brings art to Paris fashion for sculpted men’s show," 21 June 2019 The music of the ‘60s was more than just the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys, and many of the artists on this bill were making inventive and tuneful songs that helped define that era as a pinnacle of pop. John Adamian,, "The Turtles and ’60s popsters happy together at Garde Arts," 21 June 2019 The brewery, regarded as one of the globe’s top – and most inventive -- makers of craft beer, has set up shop in Portland, at least temporarily., "Mikkeller Portland pops open to overwhelming crowds at ex-Burnside Brewing home," 9 June 2019 As a result, millions of Britons went to bed that night fired up and inspired, proud to be part of such a confident, inventive and quirky country. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 But necessity, driven by e-commerce’s explosive growth and fast-approaching holiday deadlines, is driving inventive thinking. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "E-Commerce Companies Get Creative in Quest for ‘Last Mile’ Space," 9 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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