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[kree-ey-tiv] /kriˈeɪ tɪv/
having the quality or power of creating.
resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:
creative writing.
originative; productive (usually followed by of).
Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:
creative bookkeeping.
Origin of creative
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for creative
  • But the real creative and destructive process of communication goes on in jumps, and crisscross jumps at that.
  • The truth was knottier, as it often is with creative artists and their managers.
  • By his own account he had a great time writing it, and for the first few hundred pages his creative excitement is infectious.
  • Designing genomes will be a personal thing, a new art form as creative as painting or sculpture.
  • creative destruction is now the rule, not stability.
  • To see the filmmaker's signature aesthetic develop over time is a neat study in the creative process.
  • We were all focused on the same thing, and it was really creative and ambitious.
  • The steps you've taken to support your creative endeavors begin to make sense.
  • Your creative self is taking over, even if you haven't noticed.
  • Death in the midst of this creative activity, his health deteriorated.
British Dictionary definitions for creative


having the ability to create
characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination: a creative mind
designed to or tending to stimulate the imagination: creative toys
characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions: creative accounting
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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