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[in-uh-vey-shuh n]
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  1. something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
  2. the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.
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Origin of innovation

First recorded in 1540–50, innovation is from the Late Latin word innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion
Related formsin·no·va·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for innovational

imaginative, inventive, sly, skillful, shrewd, creative, innovative, subtle, intelligent, resourceful, ingenious, new, original, contemporary, gifted, seminal, unusual, unconventional, visionary, productive

British Dictionary definitions for innovational


  1. something newly introduced, such as a new method or device
  2. the act of innovating
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Derived Formsinnovational, adjectiveinnovationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for innovational



mid-15c., "restoration, renewal," from Latin innovationem (nominative innovatio), noun of action from past participle stem of innovare (see innovate).

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