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 Powder rooms are inventive plays with silver, especially the main guest powder room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3.9M mansion has lavish theater, custom design — and stunning backyard," 13 Feb. 2021 Author Jerry Craft is particularly inventive with making Jordan's doodles a key part of the storytelling. Christian Holub,, "A guide to great slice-of-life graphic novels for young readers," 26 Mar. 2021 Paszko was inspired after reading reports in France of inventive ways of reporting domestic violence. Guy Davies, ABC News, "'Shadow Pandemic': Domestic abuse reports soar during Europe's coronavirus crisis," 20 Mar. 2021 Michael Friedlander, a New York architect who made inventive forms of prosaic government commissions — including a salt shed whose sharp geometric angles evoked a grain of salt — is dead at 63. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: Homelessness in Echo Park is out of sight but not out of mind," 3 Apr. 2021 While Seoul was an early outpost for genderless dressing, there’s still a rich tradition of inventive men’s tailoring present in the city courtesy of longstanding brands like Münn and Caruso. Liam Hess, Vogue, "5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 The level design remains inventive and airtight, and the everlasting charm of Hyrule burns bright through the sparkling 16-bit graphics. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on Nintendo Switch Online," 30 Mar. 2021 Lloyd’s music is lyrically inventive and often catchy. Mark O’connell, The New York Review of Books, "Old Midlands Giants," 23 Mar. 2021 However, among his many other creations, Wedgwood, one of the most inventive and business-savvy ceramicists of his day, produced a sumptuous but less well-known body of work—black basalt ware. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries’ Review: A Sumptuous Stoneware Collection," 11 Nov. 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 12 May. 2021.

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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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