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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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  • We dwell upon the mystic white lines which connect all things—the sources of daring and beauty and creativeness.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • You must love what you are doing, and then labour, be it ever so rough, rises to the height of creativeness.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Continuity and creativeness are still for the most part beyond the powers of the school.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • The glow of enthusiasm, the fever of creativeness were at its height.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • If men, they possess much of the insight and sympathy, the altruism and creativeness of women.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • I believe you need a certain stability and creativeness which Earth can provide.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • But his was not the warrior's arm, the engineer's skill, the architect's creativeness.

    Bacon Richard William Church
  • Love is the sun of the soul—all light, heat, motion and creativeness!

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • Confidence returned to him like the surge of the sea in great shining waves of creativeness.

    The Man from Time Frank Belknap Long
British Dictionary definitions for creativeness


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for creativeness



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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