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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
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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  • Artists' books exemplify the creative and inventive abilities of their makers.
  • Here's an inventive way to grow squashes and melons in a small space.
  • It comes up with wonderfully inventive product designs which may or may not ever see production.
  • 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

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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