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having the quality or power of .
resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:
creative writing.
originative; productive (usually followed by of).
Facetious. using or exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:
creative bookkeeping.
Contemporary Examples

WATCH VIDEO of the 10 most creative ways Hollywood has destroyed the world, from On the Beach to Wall-E.
Apocalypse Now: The 10 Best Ways Hollywood Destroyed the World Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video November 29, 2009

Two years later, Ghesquière was promoted to creative director and the renaissance began.
Balenciaga and Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere Split Robin Givhan November 4, 2012

Abbas said the talks produced more “creative ideas” than any in the past.
Dear WaPo: Abbas Did Not ‘Reject’ Olmert’s Offer Emily L. Hauser July 9, 2013

It may look like an extra-large double wide, but it is, in fact, a colorful and creative restaurant.
The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina Jane & Michael Stern August 9, 2014

But Chinese leaders are not allowing this creative destruction to occur.
China’s Looming Debt Disaster Gordon G. Chang August 22, 2011

Historical Examples

He held that view throughout his creative life, as a great poet must.
William Shakespeare John Masefield

After that, I hope to be able to recreate my creative faculty.
De Profundis Oscar Wilde

If we walked in our garden we felt the creative loam throbbing beneath our feet.
A Daughter of the Middle Border Hamlin Garland

The creative power abating is supplemented by a mechanical process.
Cratylus Plato

In genius, in creative power, he was inferior to many; but in influence he has had no equal among the sages of the world.
Beacon Lights of History, Volume I John Lord

having the ability to create
characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination: a creative mind
designed to or tending to stimulate the imagination: creative toys
characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions: creative accounting
a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns

1670s, “having the quality of creating,” from create + -ive. Of literature, “imaginative,” from 1816, first attested in Wordsworth. Creative writing is attested from 1907. Related: Creatively.


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