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English definition of “inventive”

inventive

adjective uk   /ɪnˈven.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/ approving
very good at thinking of new and original ideas: He is very inventive, always dreaming up new gadgets for the home.Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
inventively
adverb uk   /-li/ approving us  
inventiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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