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[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] /ˌkri eɪˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌkri ə-/
the state or quality of being creative.
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination:
the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability:
Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
Origin of creativity
First recorded in 1870-75; creative + -ity
Related forms
anticreativity, noun
noncreativity, noun
uncreativity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Infinite wealth from creativity out of nothing—and eternal life by copying our bodies each time we die!

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • A great deal of creativity has gone into the artistic improvement of ancient archetypes.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • At times it appears that humans do not compete for achieving higher levels of creativity and productivity.

  • creativity in virtual reality, including creativity of interaction on the Internet, invites play.

  • People could learn about their own creativity and about cognitive processes associated with it.

Word Origin and History for creativity

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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