Origin of inventive
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- skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
- characterized by inventive skillan inventive programme of work
- of or relating to invention
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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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