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creativity

[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] /ˌkri eɪˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌkri ə-/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being creative.
2.
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.
3.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability:
Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; creative + -ity
Related forms
anticreativity, noun
noncreativity, noun
uncreativity, noun
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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
n.

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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