Creativity can be understood only if it is clearly defined. In the case of creativity, that definition must allow for variation. This is because creativity may be expressed in different ways in different domains of performance and at different ages. Gifted children may express one kind of creativity and eminent adults another. This entry reviews the different definitions of creativity.

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Two things can be said with certainty when defining creativity. First, creative products are always original. Different labels are used, including novelty, unusualness, or uniqueness, but in one form or another all creative things are original. If something is not original, it is not creative. The second thing that can be said with certainty when defining creativity is that creative products are more than just ...

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