1. Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.
2. Productive; creating.
3. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative: creative writing.
One who displays productive originality: the creatives in the advertising department.
cre′a·tivi·ty (-ĭ-tē), cre·ative·ness n.
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