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[kree-ey-tiv] /kriˈeɪ tɪv/
having the quality or power of creating.
resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:
creative writing.
originative; productive (usually followed by of).
Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:
creative bookkeeping.
Origin of creative
First recorded in 1670-80; create + -ive
Related forms
creatively, adverb
creativeness, noun
anticreative, adjective
anticreatively, adverb
anticreativeness, noun
noncreative, adjective
noncreatively, adverb
noncreativeness, noun
subcreative, adjective
subcreatively, adverb
subcreativeness, noun
uncreative, adjective
uncreatively, adverb
uncreativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for creativeness
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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.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • 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
  • Love is the sun of the soul—all light, heat, motion and creativeness!

    The Son of Clemenceau

    Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • But his creativeness is limited to this selection of given scenes and to their skilful and accurate reproduction.

  • He had the same sensation of creativeness as he had had a while earlier with his son,—a godlike sensation.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett
  • Penetration, thoroughness, creativeness, and a capacity for labor were the boy's chief characteristics.

British Dictionary definitions for creativeness


having the ability to create
characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination: a creative mind
designed to or tending to stimulate the imagination: creative toys
characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions: creative accounting
a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
Derived Forms
creatively, adverb
creativeness, noun
creativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for creativeness



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
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