innovation

innovation [noun] – context violating exaptation.

Ever since I read this tweet in 2012 by Fast Company, I have redefined innovation in this way.

Here is the first definition of exaptation from Dictionary.com.

noun, Biology
1. a process in which a feature acquires a function that was not acquired through natural selection.

By taking something or a combination of things and applying it to a purpose to which it was not intended (violating its original context), one may discover that it is well-suited to perform a different function. This discovery becomes an innovation.

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