creativity

[ kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh- ]
/ ˌkri eɪˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌkri ə- /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for creativity

creativity


n.

1859, from creative + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper