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inventive

[in-ven-tiv] /ɪnˈvɛn tɪv/
adjective
1.
apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
2.
apt at creating with the imagination.
3.
having the function of inventing.
4.
pertaining to, involving, or showing invention.
Origin of inventive
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; invent + -ive; replacing late Middle English inventif < Middle French
Related forms
inventively, adverb
inventiveness, noun
preinventive, adjective
uninventive, adjective
uninventively, adverb
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  • The trade is extremely fluctuating, and depends very much on inventive taste in which we are manifestly inferior to the French.

    Rides on Railways Samuel Sidney
  • The inventive faculty has its dangers, and Bunyan was eminently gifted in that way.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The inventive faculty of musical composers was what Gall discovered as Music.

  • Is not that sufficient to stop the foul mouth of inventive slander?

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Now, youve been skating with Mother Wit and have caught her inventive geniusits contagious.

British Dictionary definitions for inventive

inventive

/ɪnˈvɛntɪv/
adjective
1.
skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
2.
characterized by inventive skill: an inventive programme of work
3.
of or relating to invention
Derived Forms
inventively, adverb
inventiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inventive
adj.

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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