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 Dictionary entry overview: What does creative mean? 

CREATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective CREATIVE has 2 senses:

1. having the ability or power to create
2. promoting construction or creation

  Familiarity information: CREATIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CREATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1creative [BACK TO TOP]


Having the ability or power to create


creative; originative

Context example:

a creative imagination


fanciful; notional (indulging in or influenced by fancy)

fictive (capable of imaginative creation)

imaginative; ingenious; inventive ((used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action)

yeasty (exuberantly creative)


original (being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of)

productive (producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly))


creative thinking; creativeness; creativity (the ability to create)


uncreative (not creative)

Sense 2creative [BACK TO TOP]


Promoting construction or creation

Context example:

creative work


constructive (constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development)

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