/ɪnˈvɛntɪv / (say in'ventiv)

1. apt at inventing, devising, or contriving.
2. having the function of inventing.
3. relating to, involving, or showing invention.
inventively, adverb
inventiveness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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