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creative

[kree-ey-tiv]
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adjective
  1. having the quality or power of creating.
  2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing.
  3. originative; productive (usually followed by of).
  4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.

Origin of creative

First recorded in 1670–80; create + -ive
Related formscre·a·tive·ly, adverbcre·a·tive·ness, nounan·ti·cre·a·tive, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tive·ly, adverban·ti·cre·a·tive·ness, nounnon·cre·a·tive, adjectivenon·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cre·a·tive·ness, nounsub·cre·a·tive, adjectivesub·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbsub·cre·a·tive·ness, nounun·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbun·cre·a·tive·ness, noun
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  • The glow of enthusiasm, the fever of creativeness were at its height.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • I believe you need a certain stability and creativeness which Earth can provide.

  • You must love what you are doing, and then labour, be it ever so rough, rises to the height of creativeness.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • For it represents no personal responsibility, will-effort, or creativeness.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

  • But his was not the warrior's arm, the engineer's skill, the architect's creativeness.

    Bacon

    Richard William Church


British Dictionary definitions for creativeness

creative

adjective
  1. having the ability to create
  2. characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind
  3. designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys
  4. characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting
noun
  1. a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
Derived Formscreatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for creativeness

creative

adj.

1670s, "having the quality of creating," from create + -ive. Of literature, "imaginative," from 1816, first attested in Wordsworth. Creative writing is attested from 1907. Related: Creatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper