self-invention

invention

[in-ven-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of inventing.
2.
U.S. Patent Law. a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.
3.
anything invented or devised.
4.
the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
5.
an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, especially in art, music, etc.
6.
something fabricated, as a false statement.
7.
Sociology. the creation of a new culture trait, pattern, etc.
8.
Music. a short piece, contrapuntal in nature, generally based on one subject.
9.
Rhetoric. (traditionally) one of the five steps in speech preparation, the process of choosing ideas appropriate to the subject, audience, and occasion.
10.
Archaic. the act of finding.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English invencio(u)n < Latin inventiōn- (stem of inventiō) a finding out, equivalent to invent(us) (see invent) + -iōn- -ion

inventional, adjective
inventionless, adjective
preinvention, noun
self-invention, noun
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invention (ɪnˈvɛnʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of inventing
2.  something that is invented
3.  patent law the discovery or production of some new or improved process or machine that is both useful and is not obvious to persons skilled in the particular field
4.  creative power or ability; inventive skill
5.  euphemistic a fabrication; lie
6.  (in traditional rhetoric) one of the five steps in preparing a speech or discourse: the process of finding suitable topics on which to talk or write
7.  music a short piece consisting of two or three parts usually in imitative counterpoint
8.  sociol the creation of a new cultural pattern or trait
 
in'ventional
 
adj
 
in'ventionless
 
adj

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invention
mid-14c., from L. inventionem (nom. inventio) "a finding, discovery," from inventus, pp. of invenire "devise, discover, find," from in- "in, on" + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning of "thing invented" is first recorded 1510s. Invent is from late 15c. Etymological sense
preserved in Invention of the Cross, Church festival (May 3) celebrating the reputed finding of the Cross of the Crucifixion by Helena, mother of Constantine, in 326 C.E.
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