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Creativity refers to the invention or origination of any new thing (a product, solution, artwork, literary work, joke, etc.) that has value.

creativity n : the ability to create [syn: {creativeness}, {creative thinking}] [ant: {uncreativeness}]

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "creativity": Geist, Muse, afflatus, authenticity, creative thought, creativeness, daemon, daimonion, demon, divine afflatus, fecundity, fertile mind, fertility, fire of genius, freshness, genius, ingenuity, innovation, inspiration, invention, inventiveness, newness, nonimitation, novelty, originality, pregnant imagination, productivity, prolificacy, soul, spirit, talent, teeming imagination, uniqueness


Innovation is the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society.

innovation n 1: a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation [syn: {invention}] 2: the creation of something in the mind [syn: {invention}, {excogitation}, {conception}, {design}] 3: the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"; "he regards the fork as a modern introduction" [syn: {initiation}, {founding}, {foundation}, {institution}, {origination}, {creation}, {introduction}, {instauration}]

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "innovation": advance guard, alteration, archetype, authenticity, avant-garde, breakthrough, coinage, creativeness, creativity, deviation, discovery, freshness, introduction, invention, inventiveness, latest fad, latest fashion, latest wrinkle, leap, model, modernization, mutation, neologism, new departure, new look, new phase, newfangled device, newness, nonimitation, novelty, original, originality, pattern, permutation, pilot model, prototype, sport, the in thing, the last word, the latest thing, uniqueness, vanguard, vicissitude, wrinkle

Innovation \In`no*va"tion\, n. [L. innovatio; cf. F. innovation.] 1. The act of innovating; introduction of something new, in customs, rites, commercial products, etc. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A change effected by innovating; a change in customs; something new, and contrary to established customs, manners, or rites. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The love of things ancient doth argue stayedness, but levity and lack of experience maketh apt unto innovations. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) A newly formed shoot, or the annually produced addition to the stems of many mosses. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • creativity: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • creativity: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • innovation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • innovation: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • innovation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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