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in·ven·tive

 (ĭn-vĕn′tĭv)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
2. Adept or skillful at inventing; creative.

in·ven′tive·ly adv.
in·ven′tive·ness n.

inventive

(ɪnˈvɛntɪv)
adj
1. skilled or quick at contriving; ingenious; resourceful
2. characterized by inventive skill: an inventive programme of work.
3. of or relating to invention
inˈventively adv
inˈventiveness n

in•ven•tive

(ɪnˈvɛn tɪv)

adj.
1. apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
2. apt at creating with the imagination.
3. having the function of inventing.
4. pertaining to, involving, or showing invention.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]
in•ven′tive•ly, adv.
in•ven′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inventive - (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"
creative, originative - having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination"

inventive

inventive

adjective
1. Characterized by or productive of new things or new ideas:
2. Not the same as what was previously known or done:
3. Able to use the means at one's disposal to meet situations effectively:
Translations
مُبْتَكِر، مُخْتَرِع
vynalézavý
hugvitssamur
orjinal buluşları olanyaratıcı

inventive

[ɪnˈventɪv] ADJ (= creative) → ingenioso, lleno de inventiva
to have an inventive mindtener ingenio or inventiva
he's an inventive cookes un cocinero con mucha inventiva or muy imaginativo
inventive powerscapacidad f inventiva, inventiva f

inventive

[ɪnˈvɛntɪv] adj [mind, idea] → inventif/ive
I've always had an inventive mind → J'ai toujours eu l'esprit inventif.

inventive

adj (= creative) powers, skills, mindschöpferisch; novel, design, menueinfallsreich; (= resourceful)erfinderisch; inventive geniusschöpferisches Genie; games which encourage a child to be inventiveSpiele, die die Fantasie or Phantasie des Kindes anregen

inventive

[ɪnˈvɛntɪv] adj (genius) → inventivo/a, creativo/a; (mind) → ricco/a d'inventiva

invent

(inˈvent) verb
1. to be the first person to make or use (eg a machine, method etc). Who invented the microscope?; When was printing invented?
2. to make up or think of (eg an excuse or story). I'll have to invent some excuse for not going with him.
inˈvention (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of inventing or the ability to invent. He had great powers of invention.
2. something invented. What a marvellous invention the sewing-machine was!
inˈventive (-tiv) adjective
good at inventing. an inventive mind.
inˈventiveness noun
inˈventor noun
a person who invents. Alexander Graham Bell was the inventor of the telephone.
see also discover.
References in classic literature ?
1-16) I begin to sing of Pallas Athene, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, saviour of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia.
Those who wish to read of the earliest activities of Tom in the inventive line are referred to the initial volume, "Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.
For ever since those inventive but unscrupulous times when on the marble panellings of temples, the pedestals of statues, and on shields, medallions, cups, and coins, the dolphin was drawn in scales of chain-armor like Saladin's, and a helmeted head like St.
A man's wit, however, is quick and inventive in the wilderness; a thought suggested itself to the captain, how he might brew a delectable beverage.
The Gun Club once founded, it is easy to conceive the result of the inventive genius of the Americans.
And the third of these speech-improving Bells, the inventor of the telephone, inherited the peculiar genius of his fathers, both inventive and rhetorical, to such a degree that as a boy he had constructed an artificial skull, from gutta-percha and India rubber, which, when enlivened by a blast of air from a hand-bellows, would actually pronounce several words in an almost human manner.
An inbred capacity for stratagem of the finest sort; inexhaustible inventive resources; patience which can flourish under superhuman trials; presence of mind which can keep its balance victoriously under every possible stress of emergency--these are some of the qualifications which must accompany Love on a cruise, when Love embarks in the character of a contraband commodity not duly entered on the papers of the ship.
It might be one o'clock in the morning when Van Baerle went up to his laboratory, into the glazed cabinet whither Boxtel's telescope had such an easy access; and here, as soon as the lamp illuminated the walls and windows, Boxtel saw the inventive genius of his rival at work.
He was giving orders for a toothpick-case for himself, and till its size, shape, and ornaments were determined, all of which, after examining and debating for a quarter of an hour over every toothpick-case in the shop, were finally arranged by his own inventive fancy, he had no leisure to bestow any other attention on the two ladies, than what was comprised in three or four very broad stares; a kind of notice which served to imprint on Elinor the remembrance of a person and face, of strong, natural, sterling insignificance, though adorned in the first style of fashion.
He took part calmly in a number of political assassinations; and he turned his diabolical inventive powers against the Emir of Afghanistan, who was at war with the Persian empire.
Historical action is to yield to their personal inventive action, historically created conditions of emancipation to fantastic ones, and the gradual, spontaneous class-organisation of the proletariat to the organisation of society specially contrived by these inventors.
I have an inventive mind; before that is expired some idea will occur to me.