- having the quality or power of creating.
- resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing.
- originative; productive (usually followed by of).
- Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.
Origin of creative
Related formscre·a·tive·ly, adverbcre·a·tive·ness, nounan·ti·cre·a·tive, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tive·ly, adverban·ti·cre·a·tive·ness, nounnon·cre·a·tive, adjectivenon·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cre·a·tive·ness, nounsub·cre·a·tive, adjectivesub·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbsub·cre·a·tive·ness, nounun·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbun·cre·a·tive·ness, noun
First recorded in 1670–80; create
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for noncreative
- having the ability to create
- characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind
- designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys
- characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting
Derived Formscreatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun
- a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
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Word Origin and History for noncreative
1670s, "having the quality of creating," from create + -ive. Of literature, "imaginative," from 1816, first attested in Wordsworth. Creative writing is attested from 1907. Related: Creatively.
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