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[in-uh-vey-shuh n] /ˌɪn əˈveɪ ʃən/
something new or different introduced:
numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.
Origin of innovation
1540-50; < Late Latin innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion
Related forms
innovational, adjective Unabridged
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  • It seems that climate change is not only a driver of evolutionary innovation, of evolutionary adaptations.
  • When people want to change, they usually turn first to the strategy of innovation.
  • The rapidly shifting landscape makes it tough to keep up with change and innovation, let alone stay ahead of the curve.
  • Everywhere the nomads destroyed much, but everywhere they brought in a new spirit of free enquiry and moral innovation.
  • Ports and airports, farms and factories will thrive with trade and innovation and ideas.
  • The matters also of some of the veterans of the law had not admitted innovation.
  • Much of the innovation reshaping our world comes from the private sector.
  • They're being hyped as the future of manufacturing and the innovation that could bring the demise of our throwaway culture.
  • We seek candidates who show enthusiasm for and innovation in teaching with a minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience.
  • The collection grew gradually, punctuated by periods of exponential growth due to technological innovation.
British Dictionary definitions for innovation


something newly introduced, such as a new method or device
the act of innovating
Derived Forms
innovational, adjective
innovationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for innovation

mid-15c., "restoration, renewal," from Latin innovationem (nominative innovatio), noun of action from past participle stem of innovare (see innovate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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