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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.
1540-50; < Late Latin innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion
Related forms
innovational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for innovations
  • Universities often aren't nimble at retaining large stakes in start-ups that commercialize their innovations.
  • Many innovations were really directed at regulatory, tax and accounting arbitrage.
  • It was a groundbreaking decision, even for a company with a long history of inventions and innovations.
  • According to the results of a new study, simply by copying the successful innovations of their relatives.
  • They also introduced such innovations as concrete counters.
  • You've said that your best innovations often end up being pretty simple in application.
  • These innovations have quickly led to a wide range of applications.
  • To push research forward, scientists need to draw from the best data and innovations in their field.
  • All these are strictly business ventures, not innovations.
  • New airline tactics and so-called innovations make comparing airfares more difficult.
British Dictionary definitions for innovations


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 innovations



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

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