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[in-ven-tiv] /ɪnˈvɛn tɪv/
apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
apt at creating with the imagination.
having the function of inventing.
pertaining to, involving, or showing invention.
Origin of inventive
late Middle English
1400-50; invent + -ive; replacing late Middle English inventif < Middle French
Related forms
inventively, adverb
inventiveness, noun
preinventive, adjective
uninventive, adjective
uninventively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Artists' books exemplify the creative and inventive abilities of their makers.
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  • As those in power become more inventive in their clampdowns, so do their opponents.
  • inventive and genuine instruction comes from solid standards.
  • Students are inventive at c, but not all that great at secrecy.
  • Deficit-ridden municipalities are growing more inventive as their desperation increases.
  • One is that there are no inventive steps needed on the infrastructure side of the equation.
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  • Farnsworth was considered the perfect picture of inventive brilliance.
British Dictionary definitions for inventive


skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
characterized by inventive skill: an inventive programme of work
of or relating to invention
Derived Forms
inventively, adverb
inventiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inventive

early 15c., "skilled in invention," from Old French inventif (15c.), from Latin invent-, past participle stem of invenire (see invention). Related: Inventively; inventiveness.

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