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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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  • However, there are also ways in which they could be done which stimulate innovation and reward inventiveness and originality.
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  • 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

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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