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[in-uh-vey-shuh n] /ˌɪn əˈveɪ ʃən/
something new or different introduced:
numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.
Origin of innovation
First recorded in 1540-50, innovation is from the Late Latin word innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion
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innovational, adjective Unabridged
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  • And Harriet had established on the Street the innovation of after-dinner coffee.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They are, as a rule, averse to innovation, especially when it involves expenditure.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The result of the first year's trial demonstrated the wisdom of the "innovation."

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • They stood for all that had come to the country, all the change and innovation that he hated.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • There is no greater evil in a state than the spirit of innovation.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for innovation


something newly introduced, such as a new method or device
the act of innovating
Derived Forms
innovational, adjective
innovationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for innovation

mid-15c., "restoration, renewal," from Latin innovationem (nominative innovatio), noun of action from past participle stem of innovare (see innovate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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