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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 of creativity
1870-1875
1870-75; creative + -ity
Related forms
anticreativity, noun
noncreativity, noun
uncreativity, noun
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  • Infinite wealth from creativity out of nothing—and eternal life by copying our bodies each time we die!

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • creativity in virtual reality, including creativity of interaction on the Internet, invites play.

  • It called for a frightful effort to descend from the intoxicating heights of creativity to the ordinary round of work.

    The Jewish State Theodor Herzl
  • People could learn about their own creativity and about cognitive processes associated with it.

  • A great deal of creativity has gone into the artistic improvement of ancient archetypes.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
Word Origin and History for creativity
n.

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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