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innovative

[in-uh-vey-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending to innovate, or introduce something new or different; characterized by innovation.

Origin of innovative

First recorded in 1600–10; innovate + -ive
Related formsin·no·va·tive·ly, adverbin·no·va·tive·ness, nounun·in·no·va·tive, adjective
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  • Two general motives enter here to govern the estimate and each may show the routine or the innovative phase.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • They were always happy and singing, innovative in finding ways to carry their packs.

  • It is this environment of innovative upheaval that any useful foundation for strategic and operational thought must address.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

  • In all cases success starts with innovative intelligence products, which has not been a hallmark of United States operations.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

  • Both sorts of effort may be of either the routine or the innovative type.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen


British Dictionary definitions for innovative

innovative

adjective
  1. using or showing new methods, ideas, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for innovative

adj.

1806 (with an isolated use from c.1600), from innovate + -ive. Related: Innovatively; innovativeness.

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