creative

[ kree-ey-tiv ]
/ kriˈeɪ tɪv /

adjective

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.

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Origin of creative

First recorded in 1670–80; create + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for creative

creative
/ (kriːˈeɪtɪv) /

adjective

having the ability to create
characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind
designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys
characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting

noun

a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns

Derived forms of creative

creatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun
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