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.

Nearby words

  1. creation,
  2. creation science,
  3. creationary,
  4. creationism,
  5. creationist,
  6. creative commons,
  7. creative imagination,
  8. creative tension,
  9. creativity,
  10. creator

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 Formscreatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun

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Word Origin and History for creative

creative

adj.

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.

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