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creative

[kree-ey-tiv]
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adjective
  1. having the quality or power of creating.
  2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing.
  3. originative; productive (usually followed by of).
  4. 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
Related formscre·a·tive·ly, adverbcre·a·tive·ness, nounan·ti·cre·a·tive, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tive·ly, adverban·ti·cre·a·tive·ness, nounnon·cre·a·tive, adjectivenon·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cre·a·tive·ness, nounsub·cre·a·tive, adjectivesub·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbsub·cre·a·tive·ness, nounun·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbun·cre·a·tive·ness, noun
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  • To leave her was to have her as a moon in the heavens and to think of her creatively.

  • To estimate and interpret the work of an artist is to be creatively just to him.

    Auguste Rodin

    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Further, He must be a God who acts freely and creatively and who is in time.

  • That is in all cases the primary thing in him, and creatively determines all the rest; that is his religion.

    The Builders

    Joseph Fort Newton

  • One actual method of the use of thought is to use it, creatively, for the immediate future.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting


British Dictionary definitions for creatively

creative

adjective
  1. having the ability to create
  2. characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind
  3. designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys
  4. characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting
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noun
  1. a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
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Derived Formscreatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for creatively

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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