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[in-uh-vey-tiv] /ˈɪn əˌveɪ tɪv/
tending to innovate, or introduce something new or different; characterized by innovation.
1600-10; innovate + -ive
Related forms
innovatively, adverb
innovativeness, noun
uninnovative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Candidates must be innovative and creative, and must possess superb communications skills and a collegial leadership style.
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British Dictionary definitions for innovative


using or showing new methods, ideas, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for innovative

1806 (with an isolated use from c.1600), from innovate + -ive. Related: Innovatively; innovativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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