from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
  • adj. Adept or skillful at inventing; creative.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to invention.
  • adj. Creative, or skilful at inventing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to invention; characterized by or manifesting original contrivance.
  • Able to invent; quick at contriving; ready at expedients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action


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