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  1. having the quality or power of creating.
  2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing.
  3. originative; productive (usually followed by of).
  4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.

Origin of creative

First recorded in 1670–80; create + -ive
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for uncreative

Historical Examples of uncreative

  • In his capacity as an atomic engine inspector, his work was most uncreative.

  • Only an unimaginative and uncreative mind can occupy itself as Smoot's does.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

  • Now, genius-worship is the infallible sign of an uncreative age.


    Clive Bell

  • Politically the continent of Europe remained traditional and uncreative from the time of Charlemagne onward for a thousand years.

  • They manifold their being and their emotions because of a blind and uncreative yearning for the universal and infinity.

    Paul Verlaine

    Stefan Zweig

British Dictionary definitions for uncreative


  1. having the ability to create
  2. characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind
  3. designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys
  4. characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting
  1. a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns
Derived Formscreatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncreative



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper