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ˌɪn əˈveɪ ʃənInno·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invention, innovationnoun

    a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation

  2. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, designnoun

    the creation of something in the mind

  3. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instaurationnoun

    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

    "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"


  1. innovationnoun

    The act of innovating; the introduction of something new, in customs, rites, etc.

    Etymology: From innovatio.

  2. innovationnoun

    A change effected by innovating; a change in customs; something new, and contrary to established customs, manners, or rites.

    Etymology: From innovatio.

  3. innovationnoun

    A newly formed shoot, or the annually produced addition to the stems of many mosses.

    Etymology: From innovatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innovationnoun

    the act of innovating; introduction of something new, in customs, rites, etc

    Etymology: [L. innovatio; cf. F. innovation.]

  2. Innovationnoun

    a change effected by innovating; a change in customs; something new, and contrary to established customs, manners, or rites

    Etymology: [L. innovatio; cf. F. innovation.]

  3. Innovationnoun

    a newly formed shoot, or the annually produced addition to the stems of many mosses

    Etymology: [L. innovatio; cf. F. innovation.]


  1. Innovation

    Innovation is the application of new solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulate needs, or existing market needs. This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments and society. The term innovation can be defined as something original and new that "breaks in to" the market or into society. One usually associates to new phenomena that are important in some way. A definition of the term, in line with these aspects, would be the following: "An innovation is something original, new, and important - in whatever field - that breaks in to a market or society." Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself. Innovation differs from improvement in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something different rather than doing the same thing better. Organizations can improve the quality of innovation through Kirton's thinking style Adaption-Innovation Inventory and measure the effectiveness by applying a Balanced Scorecard as put forth by Kaplan and Norton.

Editors Contribution

  1. innovation

    An innovative creation for the shared prosperity of everyone in society.

    Innovation is created when society needs to evolve and develop to a more efficient and effective state.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Innovation' in Nouns Frequency: #1598

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Innovation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Innovation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Innovation in a Sentence

  1. Brian McGuinness:

    TED content does not only entertain, but also educates and engages on topics that we believe are relevant to our guests, the goal is to have these events and experiences help spark guests' creativity and innovation, while inspiring new perspectives.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    We had very strong competitors who literally went out of business and lost all of their jobs in the process, despite those difficult times, we doubled the size of the company, we quadrupled its topline growth rate, we quadrupled its cash flow, we tripled its rate of innovation.

  3. Dr. Steven Lee:

    Figuring out the purpose of why you want to pursue a mission can be daunting, but analyzing the three key components of a need, the skills you have, and what you love to do, can help isolate your ultimate reason for why you are doing what you are doing. In my case, those concentric topics merged together to create isolate my purpose: to enhance eye care through technological innovation.

  4. Daniel Ives:

    It appears the company is hitting its stride as product innovation on the (software subscription) front coupled with a more acquisitive strategy are laying the groundwork for another strong year in 2015, cyber security tailwinds are massive and Check Point is at the right place at the right time.

  5. Chief Executive Andy Ransom:

    For 2015, you are going to see more evidence of our innovation programme adding to that overall growth that we have been delivering.

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