inventive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English inventif, inventyfe, inventiff, inventyf, borrowed from Old French inventif, borrowed from Medieval Latin inventivus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inventive (comparative more inventive, superlative most inventive)

  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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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inventive

  1. feminine singular of inventif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inventive

  1. feminine plural of inventivo

Noun[edit]

inventive f pl

  1. plural of inventiva