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

Origin of inventive

1400–50; invent + -ive; replacing late Middle English inventif < Middle French
Related formsin·ven·tive·ly, adverbin·ven·tive·ness, nounpre·in·ven·tive, adjectiveun·in·ven·tive, adjectiveun·in·ven·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of inventiveness

Historical Examples of inventiveness

  • Challenges of this kind to inventiveness and activity are outstanding all the time.

  • But I did not invest my inventiveness wisely; I should have shared the idea with Barnum.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Surely it won't hazard his inventiveness: it will develop it.

    Red Pepper Burns

    Grace S. Richmond

  • It was won, if not precisely with inventiveness, at least with "brains."


    Bradley A. Fiske

  • Certainly New York is the town for novelty and inventiveness.

British Dictionary definitions for inventiveness



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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