un·​cre·​at·​ive | \ ˌən-krē-ˈā-tiv How to pronounce uncreative (audio) \

Definition of uncreative

: lacking originality of thought : not productive of new ideas : not creative an uncreative imagination … thinks focus groups are uncreative, unproductive, and excruciatingly boring.— Jeremy Main

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Recent Examples on the Web At too many organizations today, middle managers are often shockingly uncreative in motivating their teams to find new business opportunities, preferring instead to help run the business the way it’s always been run. Mike Esterday, Forbes, "Your Front-Line Managers: Are They Ready For The Post-Pandemic Boom?," 12 Apr. 2021 Even though the 49ers won their season opener, these two men were placed on double-secret probation by fans and critics — Garoppolo for being ragged and unspectacular, and Shanahan for being conservative and uncreative. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers, Garoppolo, and Shanahan enjoy a dreamy day in Cincy," 15 Sep. 2019 Especially when compared to the day wear, most of Mr. Cardin’s evening gowns are tacky and uncreative. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Back to the Future With Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion," 22 Aug. 2019 And costumes that make Star Wars outfits look conventional and uncreative. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 Portugal can be good, if uncreative, in the midfield where the mission never wavers: Get the ball to the captain. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup Group B preview: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have a pretty clear path to advance," 13 June 2018 Along the way, Smith regularly mocked traditional media companies as stodgy and uncreative. Anchorage Daily News, "Cutting-edge media and claims of old-school harassment at Vice Media," 26 Apr. 2016 Dave Warner takes a lot of heat for being uncreative. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Three takeaways from Michigan State football's upset win over Michigan," 7 Oct. 2017 Keep Goldy going Despite a woefully uncreative baseball nickname, Paul Goldschmidt has quietly been one of the best players in the Majors for five full seasons now. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "How the Arizona Diamondbacks can win the World Series," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of uncreative

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncreative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncreative. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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