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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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  • Courage, inventiveness and greater strength of intellectual perception have been fostered in civilized woman.

  • But I did not invest my inventiveness wisely; I should have shared the idea with Barnum.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Petronius used to be suggestive, but even he has long ago exhausted his inventiveness.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Surely it won't hazard his inventiveness: it will develop it.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • Prudence, inventiveness were no longer in question; only some desperate course of violence.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for inventiveness

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 inventiveness

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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