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inventive

[in-ven-tiv]
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  1. apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
  2. apt at creating with the imagination.
  3. having the function of inventing.
  4. pertaining to, involving, or showing invention.

Origin of inventive

1400–50; invent + -ive; replacing late Middle English inventif < Middle French
Related formsin·ven·tive·ly, adverbin·ven·tive·ness, nounpre·in·ven·tive, adjectiveun·in·ven·tive, adjectiveun·in·ven·tive·ly, adverb
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  • Challenges of this kind to inventiveness and activity are outstanding all the time.

  • But I did not invest my inventiveness wisely; I should have shared the idea with Barnum.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Surely it won't hazard his inventiveness: it will develop it.

    Red Pepper Burns

    Grace S. Richmond

  • It was won, if not precisely with inventiveness, at least with "brains."

    Invention

    Bradley A. Fiske

  • Certainly New York is the town for novelty and inventiveness.


British Dictionary definitions for inventiveness

inventive

adjective
  1. skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
  2. characterized by inventive skillan inventive programme of work
  3. of or relating to invention
Derived Formsinventively, adverbinventiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inventiveness

inventive

adj.

early 15c., "skilled in invention," from Old French inventif (15c.), from Latin invent-, past participle stem of invenire (see invention). Related: Inventively; inventiveness.

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