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creative

[kree-ey-tiv] /kriˈeɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the quality or power of creating.
2.
resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:
creative writing.
3.
originative; productive (usually followed by of).
4.
Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:
creative bookkeeping.
Origin of creative
1670-1680
1670-80; create + -ive
Related forms
creatively, adverb
creativeness, noun
anticreative, adjective
anticreatively, adverb
anticreativeness, noun
noncreative, adjective
noncreatively, adverb
noncreativeness, noun
subcreative, adjective
subcreatively, adverb
subcreativeness, noun
uncreative, adjective
uncreatively, adverb
uncreativeness, noun
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Examples from the Web for creative
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  • He held that view throughout his creative life, as a great poet must.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • After that, I hope to be able to recreate my creative faculty.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • If we walked in our garden we felt the creative loam throbbing beneath our feet.

  • The creative power abating is supplemented by a mechanical process.

    Cratylus Plato
  • In genius, in creative power, he was inferior to many; but in influence he has had no equal among the sages of the world.

British Dictionary definitions for creative

creative

/kriːˈeɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
having the ability to create
2.
characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination: a creative mind
3.
designed to or tending to stimulate the imagination: creative toys
4.
characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions: creative accounting
noun
5.
a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
Derived Forms
creatively, adverb
creativeness, noun
creativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for creative
adj.

1670s, "having the quality of creating," from create + -ive. Of literature, "imaginative," from 1816, first attested in Wordsworth. Creative writing is attested from 1907. Related: Creatively.

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