[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-]


the state or quality of being creative.
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

Nearby words

  1. creationist,
  2. creative,
  3. creative commons,
  4. creative imagination,
  5. creative tension,
  6. creator,
  7. creatural,
  8. creature,
  9. creature comfort,
  10. creature comforts

Origin of creativity

First recorded in 1870–75; creative + -ity

Related formsan·ti·cre·a·tiv·i·ty, nounnon·cre·a·tiv·i·ty, nounun·cre·a·tiv·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for creativity



1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper