[ in-ven-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈvɛn ʃən /
the act of inventing.
U.S. Patent Law. a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.
anything invented or devised.
the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, especially in art, music, etc.
something fabricated, as a false statement.
Sociology. the creation of a new culture trait, pattern, etc.
Music. a short piece, contrapuntal in nature, generally based on one subject.
Rhetoric. (traditionally) one of the five steps in speech preparation, the process of choosing ideas appropriate to the subject, audience, and occasion.
Archaic. the act of finding.
Words nearby invention
Origin of invention
OTHER WORDS FROM inventionin·ven·tion·al, adjectivein·ven·tion·less, adjectivepre·in·ven·tion, nounself-in·ven·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inventional
/ (ɪnˈvɛnʃən) /
the act or process of inventing
something that is invented
patent law the discovery or production of some new or improved process or machine that is both useful and is not obvious to persons skilled in the particular field
creative power or ability; inventive skill
euphemistic a fabrication; lie
(in traditional rhetoric) one of the five steps in preparing a speech or discourse: the process of finding suitable topics on which to talk or write
music a short piece consisting of two or three parts usually in imitative counterpoint
sociol the creation of a new cultural pattern or trait
Derived forms of inventioninventional, adjectiveinventionless, adjective
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