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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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Examples from the web for inventiveness
  • However, there are also ways in which they could be done which stimulate innovation and reward inventiveness and originality.
  • It means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances.
  • Yet often the same condition eventually ruins their inventiveness and their lives.
  • More evidence for the long-suspected physiological link between inventiveness and mental illness.
  • The giant panda's extra thumb is a famous example of evolution's inventiveness.
  • It's about unbridled inventiveness, and coming up with surprising new ways to have fun.
  • It does require a little more inventiveness to make canned salmon take the place of tuna.
  • There is no end to the inventiveness that has become part of the subculture of particle physics.
  • So the ideal is something that lacks any inventiveness or creativity.
  • You're getting a fireworks display of one kind of inventiveness after another.
British Dictionary definitions for inventiveness


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 inventiveness



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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