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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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  • The artists intuition must be understood, by a mind that follows it creatively; even if its creation be at times over-ingenious.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • To leave her was to have her as a moon in the heavens and to think of her creatively.

  • To estimate and interpret the work of an artist is to be creatively just to him.

    Auguste Rodin Rainer Maria Rilke
  • That is in all cases the primary thing in him, and creatively determines all the rest; that is his religion.

    The Builders Joseph Fort Newton
  • Further, He must be a God who acts freely and creatively and who is in time.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for creatively

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 creatively

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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