[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.

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

Examples from the Web for creativity

Contemporary Examples of creativity

Historical Examples of creativity

  • Infinite wealth from creativity out of nothing—and eternal life by copying our bodies each time we die!

    A World Called Crimson

    Darius John Granger

  • A great deal of creativity has gone into the artistic improvement of ancient archetypes.

  • At times it appears that humans do not compete for achieving higher levels of creativity and productivity.

  • Creativity in virtual reality, including creativity of interaction on the Internet, invites play.

  • People could learn about their own creativity and about cognitive processes associated with it.

Word Origin and History for creativity

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper