in·​no·​va·​tive | \ ˈi-nə-ˌvā-tiv How to pronounce innovative (audio) \

Essential Meaning of innovative

1 : introducing or using new ideas or methods an innovative approach/solution to the problem an innovative design
2 : having new ideas about how something can be done a creative and innovative young designer

Full Definition of innovative

: characterized by, tending to, or introducing innovations

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Other Words from innovative

innovatively adverb
innovativeness noun

Examples of innovative in a Sentence

an innovative approach to the problem a creative and innovative young designer
Recent Examples on the Web Each recipient will be awarded £1 million to fund their innovative solutions for repairing the planet. Glenn Garner,, 16 Oct. 2021 Shaw said farmers will be subject to new emissions rules that will come into effect by 2025, and that many are finding innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Nick Perry, ajc, 13 Oct. 2021 Marvell’s strategy of building customized, innovative solutions for its individual cloud customers appears to be paying off handsomely. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 But those invested in the health of downtown Washington remain cautious and focused on finding innovative ways forward, especially as other parts of the city have usurped some of its old desirability. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 The mayor has tasked him with seeking innovative solutions while monitoring other departments’ activities to ensure a coordinated approach. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 The story also brings up complicated questions of race, as Dorland is white and Larson is Asian-American (and there is, of course, a long history of white artists finding innovative ways to take credit for the work of writers of color). Emma Specter, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2021 It is given annually to recognize outstanding achievements and innovative solutions by California’s 482 cities. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, federal pandemic unemployment benefits expired on September 6, marking the end of innovative programs that had extended jobless aid to gig workers, part-time workers and others that typically don't qualify for unemployment benefits. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of innovative

1608, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2021

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“Innovative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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