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inventive Line breaks: in¦vent|ive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛntɪv/

Definition of inventive in English:


1Having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally: the most inventive composer of his time
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  • 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.
1.1Showing creativity or original thought: a courageous and inventive piece of film-making
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  • 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.
artistic, inspired, gifted, talented, virtuoso, accomplished, masterly, skilful, clever
informal genius
original, innovative, unusual, fresh, novel, new;
experimental, offbeat, quirky, avant garde, forward-looking, groundbreaking;
North American left-field


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



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛntɪvli/
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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