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[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] /ˌkri eɪˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌkri ə-/
the state or quality of being creative.
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.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability:
Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
Origin of creativity
1870-75; creative + -ity
Related forms
anticreativity, noun
noncreativity, noun
uncreativity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for creativity
  • In every era, one city is designated as a magnet of creativity and energy.
  • Every artist employs a particular set of tools in the pursuit of creativity.
  • The exceptional creativity of immigrants doubtless reflects the sort of people who up sticks and get visas.
  • Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts.
  • creativity is commonly thought of as a personality trait that resides within the individual.
  • Others have noted that boredom is often related to creativity.
  • The bad news, of course, is that all this creativity comes with a cost.
  • There is a strong link between mental illness and outstanding creativity in writing, a new study shows.
  • Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving skills, ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Developing countries are competing on creativity as well as cost.
Word Origin and History for creativity

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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