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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imaginative, inventiveadjective

    (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action

    "an imaginative use of material"; "the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford; "an ingenious device"; "had an inventive turn of mind"; "inventive ceramics"


  1. inventiveadjective

    of, or relating to invention

  2. inventiveadjective

    creative, or skilful at inventing

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inventiveadjective

    Quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; having the power of fiction.

    Etymology: inventif, Fr. from invent.

    Those have the inventivest heads for all purposes, and roundest tongues in all matters. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    As he had an inventive brain, so there never lived any man that believed better thereof, and of himself. Walter Raleigh.

    Reason, remembrance, wit, inventive art,
    No nature, but immortal, can impart. John Denham.

    That inventive head
    Her fatal image from the temple drew,
    The sleeping guardians of the castle slew. Dryden.

    The inventive god, who never fails his part,
    Inspires the wit, when once he warms the heart. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inventiveadjective

    able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as, an inventive head or genius

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. inventif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inventive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inventive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of inventive in a Sentence

  1. Gail Halperin:

    He was always a very inventive and creative person; he always has a lot going on, always able to juggle a million things.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    If we don't want to be only expecting things to become real and if we don't want to be just waiting for the beautiful and the good to come, we can decide to be inventive and take things in our own hands by a voluntary action.

  3. Smita Nakhooda:

    The new range of partnerships through which the fund is able to work is going to help it take a new and inventive approach to adaptation.

  4. Television Debra Birnbaum:

    Corden has made the ‘Late Late Show’ his own, he’s completely reinvented the format with inventive games, his singing and dancing, and of course his Carpool Karaoke series -- and then there’s that infectious laugh. It's impossible to resist.

  5. Wyndham Lewis:

    When we say science we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.

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