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[ kree-ey-tiv ]


  1. having the power to bring something new into being, as a creature, or to evolve something original from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or invention: In the mythologies of the earliest human societies, the predominant ideas about which sex was more important in reproduction may have determined the sex assigned to the universal creative force.

    Research supports the claim that children are most creative in the early grades, before middle school.

    In the mythologies of the earliest human societies, the predominant ideas about which sex was more important in reproduction may have determined the sex assigned to the universal creative force.

  2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:

    creative writing.

  3. originative; productive (usually followed by of ):

    Marx believed that labor alone was creative of value, not property ownership.

  4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:

    creative bookkeeping.


  1. the people who design and produce artwork, video, copy, etc., for a business, typically in service of advertising and other aspects of marketing:

    Creative really hit this one out of the park—we’ve doubled our conversion rate almost overnight.

  2. material made for advertising and other aspects of marketing, as a billboard, video ad, or web page design, or the activity of designing and producing it:

    In our latest campaign for a luxury services client, we used an AI platform to fine-tune creative based on user behavior.

  3. a person who is an artist, writer, designer, etc., typically one employed by a business to work in advertising or other aspects of marketing:

    You’ll have to hire at least one new senior-level creative to keep up with the client’s expansion plans.


/ kriːˈeɪtɪv /


  1. having the ability to create
  2. characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination

    a creative mind

  3. designed to or tending to stimulate the imagination

    creative toys

  4. characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions

    creative accounting


  1. a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns

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Derived Forms

  • creˈativeness, noun
  • creˈatively, adverb
  • ˌcreaˈtivity, noun

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Other Words From

  • cre·a·tive·ly adverb
  • cre·a·tive·ness noun
  • an·ti·cre·a·tive adjective
  • an·ti·cre·a·tive·ly adverb
  • an·ti·cre·a·tive·ness noun
  • non·cre·a·tive adjective
  • non·cre·a·tive·ly adverb
  • non·cre·a·tive·ness noun
  • sub·cre·a·tive adjective
  • sub·cre·a·tive·ly adverb
  • sub·cre·a·tive·ness noun
  • un·cre·a·tive adjective
  • un·cre·a·tive·ly adverb
  • un·cre·a·tive·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of creative1

First recorded in 1670–80; create + -ive

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Example Sentences

For six years, our annual Change the World list has been a chronicle of the increasingly creative ways business is tethering profit to purpose.

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We had become increasingly effective and decreasingly creative.

Hubert, who played Aunt Viv for three seasons before being replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid, not only claimed that she had creative differences with Smith but she also alleged she was fired for getting pregnant.

Everlane later announced that the Chief Creative Officer Alexandra Spunt, who took much of the criticism, would no longer lead the creative team.

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TikTok’s power goes beyond its democratized, creative essence.

It was his business acumen, his own unflagging zeal for the creative business solution, that had freed Sam to do this.

The creative team behind the new My Lai project is working out the details for set design.

Despite the acclaim and the viral popularity, the band has never lost that independant creative spirit.

It was creative thinking like this that helped it debut at number one on Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart.

For the aficionado or the neophyte, Comics is a useful overview of a richly creative period in a burgeoning art.

John Baptiste Robinet taught the gradual development of all forms of existence from a single creative cause.

Now she roved with free footsteps through the vineyards which sprang up beneath her creative pencil.

In its highest degree, imagination rises to the sphere of creative fancy, or poetic power.

Tchaikovskys creative talents, which are occasionally apparent in his symphonic works, are completely lacking in The Oprichnik.

Show me one of our young artists who can stand like Fudo in the flame of his own creative thought!





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