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[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] /ˌkri eɪˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌkri ə-/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being creative.
2.
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination:
the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
3.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability:
Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; creative + -ity
Related forms
anticreativity, noun
noncreativity, noun
uncreativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for anticreativity

creativity

n.

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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