What does the word inventive mean?

Usage examples for inventive

  1. And next fall Rod's going to college and I'm taking that course in dress designing and Rupert's going to write another book and- and-" Her inventive powers failed as Holmes came out on the terrace. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  2. America is this, that and the other; its people are inventive, intelligent, original, free, independent and all the rest of it because it is a result of the best blood of other lands. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various