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Invéntive. adj. [inventif, Fr. from invent.] Quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; having the power of fiction.

Those have the inventivest heads for all purposes, and roundest tongues in all matters. Ascham's Schoolmaster.

As he had an inventive brain, so there never lived any man that believed better thereof, and of himself. Raleigh.

Reason, remembrance, wit, inventive art,
No nature, but immortal, can impart.

                That inventive head
Her fatal image from the temple drew,
The sleeping guardians of the castle slew.

The inventive god, who never fails his part,
Inspires the wit, when once he warms the heart.

Sources: Ascham, Roger (10) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Raleigh, Walter (68)

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