Inventive In*vent"ive, a. [Cf. F. inventif.] Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as, an inventive head or genius. --Dryden. -- {In*vent"ive*ly}, adv. -- {In*vent"ive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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