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Origin of innovation
OTHER WORDS FROM innovationin·no·va·tion·al, adjective
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What does innovation mean?
Innovation can refer to something new, such as an invention, or the practice of developing and introducing new things.
An innovation is often a new product, but it can also be a new way of doing something or even a new way of thinking. Innovation is most commonly associated with business and technology, but it happens in any field where people introduce change, including the arts, medicine, politics, cooking, language—even philosophy and religion.
Example: The internet changed society and is often considered the ultimate example of innovation, but it was built on the backs of many smaller, previous innovations.
Where does innovation come from?
As a word, innovation is not new—the first records of its use in English come from the mid-1500s. But it is based on a root that means “new.” It derives from the Latin verb innovāre, which means “to renew” and includes the root novus, meaning “new” (as seen in words like novel and renovate).
Innovation has always been associated with newness, but not necessarily in a good way. Innovation was sometimes used in the context of religious matters as a way of accusing someone of heresy (the act of going against accepted teachings). During the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s, it began to be used more commonly to refer to the rapid advances in technology that were emerging. Today, it most commonly refers not just to inventions but to new ideas, business models, and other methods that are considered innovative, or representative of progress.
In the context of technology and business, innovation commonly involves improving an existing idea or product, or introducing a product to a new market. But sometimes innovation involves coming up with something entirely new that makes all other products obsolete or inferior. Apple’s introduction of the iPhone is often given as an example of an innovation that was a huge step forward. Innovation isn’t limited to products. It can be applied to services, processes, and basic methods of doing things. In the medical field, new medicines and improved artificial limbs are examples of innovation, but other innovations include new ways of making medicines and new ways of performing procedures.
Innovation exists anywhere that people innovate, or introduce change. A painter using color in a new way; a chef fusing cuisines together to make a new dish; a charity organization finding new ways to help people—these are all examples of innovation.
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Innovation is commonly associated with new products and technologies, but it is used in the context of any field where change happens or progress is made.
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Which of the following terms could be considered the opposite of innovation?
C. status quo
Example sentences from the Web for innovation
I often wonder what contributions to art and innovation society would have gathered if not for how it treats trans individuals.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The result was a system not open to alternatives from the outside and with no internal incentives for innovation.
The Macallan collaborations have even extended past photographers to additional masters of their craft focused on innovation.
In May, he published his fifth book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong.
And she was 81: her death marks a shaming lack of bravery and innovation on the part of younger comics.
Is it that the fork came to earth as a seventeenth century Italian innovation?Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car|Francis Miltoun
The Elamites regarded this innovation as a sign of weakness, and invaded Babylon.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria|Donald A. Mackenzie
M. Gaston Deschamps, in the usually ribald Figaro, claimed much of the credit of this innovation for himself.Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1|William Walton
The idea of putting a stop to innovation in a living language is absurd, unless we put a stop to thinking.The Columbiad|Joel Barlow
Robert-Houdin claimed this innovation as the product of his own ingenuity.The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin|Harry Houdini