[ in-ven-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈvɛn tɪv /


apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
apt at creating with the imagination.
having the function of inventing.
pertaining to, involving, or showing invention.

Nearby words

  1. inveigle,
  2. invenit,
  3. invent,
  4. invent the wheel,
  5. invention,
  6. inventively,
  7. inventor,
  8. inventory,
  9. inver grove heights,
  10. inveracity

Origin of inventive

1400–50; invent + -ive; replacing late Middle English inventif < Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for inventiveness


/ (ɪnˈvɛntɪv) /


skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
characterized by inventive skillan inventive programme of work
of or relating to invention
Derived Formsinventively, adverbinventiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inventiveness



early 15c., "skilled in invention," from Old French inventif (15c.), from Latin invent-, past participle stem of invenire (see invention). Related: Inventively; inventiveness.

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