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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action;
- Example: "an imaginative use of material"
- Example: "the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford
- Example: "an ingenious device"
- Example: "had an inventive turn of mind"
- Example: "inventive ceramics"
[syn: imaginative, inventive]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inventive \In*vent"ive\, a. [Cf. F. inventif.] Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as, an inventive head or genius. --Dryden. -- In*vent"ive*ly, adv. -- In*vent"ive*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

inventive adj 1: (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" [syn: imaginative, inventive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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