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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 uncreative
Historical Examples
  • In his capacity as an atomic engine inspector, his work was most uncreative.

    The Odyssey of Sam Meecham Charles E. Fritch
  • Only an unimaginative and uncreative mind can occupy itself as Smoot's does.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • Now, genius-worship is the infallible sign of an uncreative age.


    Clive Bell
  • Politically the continent of Europe remained traditional and uncreative from the time of Charlemagne onward for a thousand years.

  • They manifold their being and their emotions because of a blind and uncreative yearning for the universal and infinity.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • The movement struck Arnott Nicholson aside into his place among the multitudes of the uncreative.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • In this respect the Italians, though apparently so uncreative, may be called more original than the Romans.

  • Change and variety are favourable to creative genius as they are unfavourable to uncreative study.

    Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2 Francis Marion Crawford
  • It is the uncreative critics, it is never the creative craftsmen, who dwell on the danger of taking too much interest in technic.

    Inquiries and Opinions Brander Matthews
  • The facile, uncreative Wills was granted many chances, and in Charles I lost an opportunity to make a lasting drama.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for uncreative


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 uncreative



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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