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the state or quality of being .
the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination:
the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
the process by which one utilizes ability:
Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
Contemporary Examples

Ruled by the life-giving Sun, their potential for creativity is total.
What the Stars Hold for Your Week Starsky + Cox July 29, 2011

The corporation that I give my creativity and passion wants to down size me and ship my job to India or China.
Why Are More Boomers Killing Themselves? Lizzie Stark October 21, 2008

You can be a critic who just throws rocks from the sidelines, which requires very little effort or creativity.
Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross Jon Favreau May 26, 2014

With all the creativity that I could muster, I figured Hillary Clinton, back against the wall, Texas—where should I go?
The Boys on the Bus Ben Crair November 2, 2008

These industrial technologies have become the handmaidens of creativity.
Pioneers in Printing The Daily Beast October 20, 2014

Historical Examples

Infinite wealth from creativity out of nothing—and eternal life by copying our bodies each time we die!
A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger

creativity in virtual reality, including creativity of interaction on the Internet, invites play.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

It called for a frightful effort to descend from the intoxicating heights of creativity to the ordinary round of work.
The Jewish State Theodor Herzl

People could learn about their own creativity and about cognitive processes associated with it.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

A great deal of creativity has gone into the artistic improvement of ancient archetypes.
The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley


1859, from creative + -ity.


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