• IPA: /ɪnˈvɛntɪv/


  1. Of, or relating to invention; pertaining to the act of devising new mechanisms or processes.
    an inventive pursuit
    • 2013, Chris Bevan, "Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal ↗", BBC Sport, 6 November 2013:
      At the other end, Dortmund were producing some typically inventive approach play but struggled to find a way through the visitors' defence, and were unable to find a finish when they did.
  2. Possessed of a particular capacity for the design of new mechanisms or processes, creative or skilful at inventing.
    an inventive fellow
  3. Purposefully fictive
    an inventive story
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