Definition of inventive in English:

inventive

adjective

  • 1(of a person) having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally.

    ‘she is the most inventive painter around’
    • ‘If we believe in our ability to be inventive and resourceful then we have every reason to believe we can make changes.’
    • ‘The Electoral Reform Commission might have been a bit more inventive in relation to that matter.’
    • ‘Even as the game slid away from Hibs in the second half, they were inventive enough to create two clear scoring opportunities.’
    • ‘What most struck Reza Ghadri of Blind Productions about the youngsters who made the films was how inventive they were.’
    • ‘Eventually he found an agreeable home in the University of Utah where his inventive genius could work unhindered.’
    • ‘She has a lot of time left to develop her skills and to become a competent and inventive designer.’
    • ‘He is widely regarded as the world's best and most inventive chef.’
    • ‘Sprouse, an inventive designer, had a flock of friends, many of whom were on hand.’
    • ‘Stone uses his gifts as a scenarist to create a unique, inventive uplifting story.’
    • ‘They were inventive and sharp and were prepared to go for scores from all angles and from a varying range pattern.’
    • ‘She was herself an inventive composer, the hilarious Stripsody being her best-known score.’
    • ‘Tex Avery had wit, quicksilver charm, and near-boundless inventive genius.’
    • ‘The inventive Horniman Museum has yet another unusual display, this time of textiles from Savu.’
    • ‘The ground was operating at full capacity while the teams' inventive faculties were running on empty.’
    • ‘Man is an inventive, innovative creature and his mind is constantly darting from one problem to another.’
    • ‘Their mistake was in putting too much faith in the law and too little in their own ability to be inventive.’
    • ‘Pedestrian middle managers who stifle the enthusiasm of the inventive junior are the biggest block to bright ideas.’
    • ‘Parents, in other words, are more liable to be inventive when choosing a name for a baby girl.’
    • ‘They were then free to be inventive and experiment on any type of surface that they desired.’
    • ‘That Barry was an astoundingly inventive and populist composer is, by now, a given.’
    original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental, ingenious
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    1. 1.1 (of a product, process, action, etc.) showing creativity or original thought.
      ‘methods of communication during the war were diverse and inventive’
      • ‘Liam is a bright and talented lad, and he and his friends already run inventive scams to get money.’
      • ‘The English language is at its most inventive when describing the various states of inebriation.’
      • ‘Those scissors remind me of the creative inventive and resourceful things my mother did.’
      • ‘I can see nothing clever or inventive in the design on the right.’
      • ‘It's a bold, inventive shot at something new that misses the target.’
      • ‘The six episodes of Series One were so fresh and so inventive you couldn't help but want to see more.’
      • ‘His imaginative brilliance is most apparent in his inventive and often witty designs for furniture and metalwork.’
      • ‘The company has a reputation for inventive adaptations, ingenious design and musical innovation.’
      • ‘The drug smugglers used an assortment of inventive packaging to hide their illegal shipments.’
      • ‘If someone making that amount can be still be poor, the need for inventive, broader programs is clear.’
      • ‘His music, or much of it, can be construed as an inventive response to such questions.’
      • ‘It has a quite unique look on its own, and feels fresh and inventive when watching.’
      • ‘Humour is like a drug to many of us; we can't get enough of it, and we are endlessly inventive in creating more of it.’
      • ‘They rotated between each album so that every song provided a new inventive listening experience.’
      • ‘That is because the additional feature does not really create a new inventive concept at all.’
      • ‘The sight gags are fantastically inventive, the detailing in the set design and costume stunning.’
      • ‘At the other pole she describes the created product as something which is new, original and inventive.’
      • ‘In these productions music, drama and dance are mixed in an inventive way.’
      • ‘Theatrically inventive and politically astute, it's a satire on American cultural imperialism.’
      • ‘While the payoff is barely worth the effort, I was forced to marvel at his storytelling verve and his inventive prose style.’
      original, innovative, unusual, fresh, novel, new
      creative, original, innovational, innovative, imaginative, fertile, ingenious, resourceful
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French inventif, -ive or medieval Latin inventivus, from Latin invenire discover (see invent).

Pronunciation

inventive

/inˈven(t)iv/