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inventive

Syllabification: in·ven·tive
Pronunciation: /inˈven(t)iv
 
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Definition of inventive in English:

adjective

1(Of a person) having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally: she is the most inventive painter around
More example sentences
  • Even as the game slid away from Hibs in the second half, they were inventive enough to create two clear scoring opportunities.
  • Stone uses his gifts as a scenarist to create a unique, inventive uplifting story.
  • Their mistake was in putting too much faith in the law and too little in their own ability to be inventive.
1.1(Of a product, process, action, etc.) showing creativity or original thought: methods of communication during the war were diverse and inventive
More example sentences
  • Those scissors remind me of the creative inventive and resourceful things my mother did.
  • Liam is a bright and talented lad, and he and his friends already run inventive scams to get money.
  • The company has a reputation for inventive adaptations, ingenious design and musical innovation.
Synonyms
unusual, fresh, novel, new, newfangled;
experimental, avant-garde, groundbreaking, revolutionary, unorthodox, unconventional

Origin

late Middle English: from French inventif, -ive or medieval Latin inventivus, from Latin invenire 'discover' (see invent).

Derivatives

inventively

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It struck me that, typical for our age, the depiction of the horrific was astonishingly and inventively successful while the presentation of the beatific was, comparatively, shallow and disappointing.
  • Local institution Michael Yonkers has been having his own way with music for over 30 years, creating unheard sounds from inventively designed homemade guitars.
  • A microphone was positioned to the far left of the stage and he periodically spoke to us about Beethoven, Lizst and Schumann, explaining his inventively chosen programme most engagingly.

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