Definition of uninventive in US English:



  • Not showing creativity or original thought.

    ‘the oils were sensitively painted but uninventive in design’
    • ‘Every song is a flaccid, uninventive mix of mid-tempo, late ‘90s hard rock and pseudo-heavy vocal drive.’
    • ‘Alternatively it might be shown that the experiments - and I know it is not a statute but it is a plural - were of a routine character which the uninventive worker in the field would try as a matter of course.’
    • ‘It is uninventive, unresponsive, unintelligent, uninformed, and unmotivated to succeed.’
    • ‘Ungainly and uninventive as they are, this English side could still thrive in this competition.’
    • ‘Both are solid but uninventive folk-singers/guitarists.’
    • ‘In the past archaeologists and anthropologists believed the Neandertals were uninventive and slow creatures.’
    • ‘This band's falsetto preening, cat suits and uninventive instrumental tripe is not intended to be a joke but comes off as a really bad one.’
    • ‘Both parties agreed that the addressee is deemed to be unimaginative and uninventive.’
    • ‘I'm not saying Neville was an uninteresting or uninventive designer, but he was definitely one who was clear about what he liked and what he didn't like.’
    • ‘This was, I thought at the time, a representative sample of the national poetic effort, and it was clear to me that, on average, it was gutless, insincere, facetious, uninventive and dreary.’
    • ‘The movement could even be described as uninventive yet the whole piece is incredibly moving and symbolic.’
    • ‘But he's also caught in a nostalgia/novelty loop; the track itself is uninventive, and touches like Marlon Brando's cameo add nothing.’
    • ‘This band was too plodding, to uninventive to draw Hendrix out of his depressed shell.’
    • ‘In front of 39,000 supporters, they turned out a display that was uninventive, effortless and depressingly poor.’
    • ‘They do not make spineless and uninventive psychedelia.’
    • ‘These self-glorifying tropes are exploited in routine, uninventive travelogs promoting the national (cultural and art) heritage and war reportages.’
    • ‘Of course, Brennan's purpose is to revise the idea that formalism was monolithic and uninventive, not to situate the Stieglitz circle's aesthetics in historical context.’
    • ‘The platformer side of the game is as stale and uninventive as ever, but the multiplayer offering, which smells of nostalgia, will definitely please fans.’
    • ‘But frankly, the whole wizard stance worked just fine, and most of the other arrangements on the EP range from simply paling in comparison to the original to more overtly lifeless and uninventive.’
    • ‘He believes that Irish building is dull and uninventive.’
    unimaginative, pedestrian, mundane, unoriginal, prosaic, commonplace, ordinary, routine, second-rate, undistinguished, unexceptional, indifferent, humdrum, matter-of-fact, run of the mill, workaday, everyday, quotidian, vanilla, plain vanilla
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