American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
- adj. Adept or skillful at inventing; creative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to invention; characterized by or manifesting original contrivance.
- Able to invent; quick at contriving; ready at expedients.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients.
- adj. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
“They made films that used the medium in inventive and challenging ways that totally elude Stephen King in relation to his own medium.”
“Yehoshua's novels engage Israeli and Jewish history in inventive and surprising ways, and his new novel, A Woman in Jerusalem, set in Israel during the difficult days of the Second Palestinian Intifada, is no different.”
“I've also read a lot of Supernatural community writing this year, and deeply appreciate the legions of writers out there weaving tales of the apocalypse, rewriting canon in inventive ways, and spinning the characters into hilarious, tragic, and complex alternate universes (sometimes all three at once).”
“Superuse. org is “an online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling.””
“Superuse is an online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling.”
“[E] nchanting her readers with a many-layered morality tale and proving herself once again inventive author with a distinctive touch.”
“The short-term inventive plan, the bonus plan for this year has been fully integrated into one single sales plan.”
“Little kids do so much writing with so-called inventive spelling that dictations model common words in everyday sentences spelled correctly.”
“At this view of the ghastly shortcoming of his letter as regards distinctness, and the prosaic misinterpretation it was open to, Wilfrid called his inventive wits to aid, and ran swiftly to the end of the street.”
“This was due, perhaps, to his reputation for shrewdness, and for a quality in practice which has been called the inventive faculty.”
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