From Middle English inventif, inventyfe, inventiff, inventyf, borrowed from Old French inventif, borrowed from Medieval Latin inventivus. By surface analysis, invent + -ive.
- enPR: ĭn-vĕnʹtĭv, IPA(key): /ɪnˈvɛntɪv/
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- Rhymes: -ɛntɪv
- Hyphenation: in‧ven‧tive
inventive (comparative more inventive, superlative most inventive)
- 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.
- Possessed of a particular capacity for the design of new mechanisms or processes, creative or skilful at inventing.
- an inventive fellow
- Purposefully fictive
- an inventive story
of, or relating to invention
creative, or skilful at inventing
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- ^ “inventive”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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