What does Innovation mean?

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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.

  2. innovationnoun

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

  3. innovationnoun

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

  4. Etymology: From innovatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Innovationnoun

    Change by the introduction of novelty.

    Etymology: innovation, French, from innovate.

    The love of things ancient doth argue stayedness; but levity and want of experience maketh apt unto innovations. Richard Hooker.

    It were good that men in innovations would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly and by degrees. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Great changes may be made in a government, yet the form continue; but large intervals of time must pass between every such innovation, enough to make it of a piece with the constitution. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innovationnoun

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

  2. Innovationnoun

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

  3. Innovationnoun

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

  4. 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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    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. Ellen Williams:

    But it's not technology innovation in the sense of creating new ways of doing it. We are pretty well convinced that some of our technologies have the potential to be significantly better.

  2. Tom Robinson:

    It provides enough oversight to provide legitimacy without stifling innovation, i think it is a good balance between on the one hand the U.S. and specifically New York, which I think have gone too far, and what a lot of countries are doing which is just completely ignoring it.

  3. Mark Rodrigues:

    We believe strongly in collaboration with clients, specifically client-led innovation.

  4. Said Bennett:

    We work smartly. We respect ourselves and each other. We invite innovation. We reach our academic and behavioral goals. We help each other. We are terrific in every way!

  5. Larry Weltman:

    Having a strong vision can help with innovation, but so much creativity and innovation comes from one’s ability to take risks – controlled risks – and learn from mistakes.

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