Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms.


v. o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing, o·rig·i·nates
To bring into being; create or start: originated the practice of monthly reports.
To come into being; start: an invention that originated in China. See Synonyms at stem1.

o·rig′i·na′tion n.
o·rig′i·na′tive adj.
o·rig′i·na′tive·ly adv.
o·rig′i·na′tor n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


having the power to produce or invent something
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(əˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪ tɪv)

having or characterized by the power of originating; creative.
o•rig′i•na`tive•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.originative - having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination"
original - being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"
productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"
2.originative - containing seeds of later development; "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"
original - being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
And from the same: "Reason is the self-discipline of the originative element in history.
The activities run in the field of medical and health sector are considered historically, as the most originative in their becoming development and approach of the simplest habits of the humankind.
In conjunction with the latest originative product from Denali BioSolutions we have also launched our new website denalibiosolutions.com in early 2019.
People of Balochistan are very originative and hardworking.
Others declare emphatically that "It is out of the question that Hesiod or his source was thinking of the originative substance as coming into being out of nothing" (Kirk and Raven 1957: 29 [= Kirk, Raven, and Schofield 1983: 39]).
The originative work of Cushman (1985) actuated the macroeconomic theories.
On the whole, Chapters run generally 6 pages or so, the originative, comprehensible, workable information provided by Dr Whitaker is intended to aide beginner and experienced educators alike.
This originative diversity brings us back to James Madison and The Federalist (Cooke 1961).
These result moderately met with the originative classification of the tested tea genotypes based on morphological characteristics.
Webster admires this translation's commitment to "unflinching self-restraint" and "dogged fidelity," as Browning aims for scrupulous accuracy to the original, and praises it because it "bears the strong impression of originative power--a power which must have been recognized if Robert Browning had never been heard of before" (ATT, p.