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a. The ability to form mental images of things that are not present to the senses or not considered to be real: The author uses her imagination to create a universe parallel to our own.
b. The formation of such images: a child's imagination of monsters.
c. One of these mental images: "some secret sense ... which ... took to itself and treasured up ... her thoughts, her imaginations, her desires" (Virginia Woolf).
d. The mind viewed as the locus or repository of this ability or these images: "This story had been rattling around in my imagination for years" (Orson Scott Card).
2. The ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of the mind; resourcefulness: handled the problems with great imagination.
3. Attention, interest, or enthusiasm: an explorer's ordeal that caught the imagination of the public.

i·mag′i·na′tion·al adj.
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This he said while speaking at the imaginational ceremony coasting rupees 5million road here at the Union council Hanjal Wazir Korona here on Friday.
An important feature of dialogism is the continual engagement of an individual with other people and artifacts, not just in in-situ interaction, but also by imaginational interaction (when thinking about what other people say to us).
2005) when they may actually reflect characteristics and concepts associated with giftedness, such as heightened sensitivity to environmental stimuli (Mendaglio, 2007); intensity (Daniels & Piechowski, 2009); or intellectual, sensual, emotional, psychomotor, or imaginational over-excitability (Piechowski, 1999).
In addition, sensual, emotional, intellectual, psychomotor, and imaginational overexcitabilities (Piechowski, 1999) may exacerbate challenges related to developmental tasks (Peterson, 2007), and even young children may struggle with existential questions (Webb, Meckstroth, & Tolan, 1982).
That imaginational process ultimately results in their making a false confession which always sounds exactly the same, I guess I did.
28) The poet-scientist's "commune" with Wordsworth is, through their walks together, originally and literally sociable, but it is also for him abiding and imaginational, reminiscent of the oddly abstract sociability described in "To Poetry.
This time the art project 'Imagine Me' aimed to investigate the respondent's sensual and imaginational abilities regarding a veiled person.
Imaginational ceremony was presided over by Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javaid Laghari.
Taken in its depth structure, the revelatory component of religion detaches the information on the God from the intellectual and imaginational activity of the human and sets it into liaison with the self-manifestatory expression of the God; as a result, the apprehensibility of the God comes to depend on the authority of the divine act which quite possibly entails some unwarranted strategies from the viewpoint of human rationality.
Dabrowksi hypothesized the existence of five types of OEs based on observations of individuals with highly developed personalities: the intellectual, imaginational, emotional, sensual, and psychomotor OEs (Tillier, 2009).
These stimuli primarily include intellectual and emotional stimuli, and the intense reactions to these are manifested within five different dimensions including psychomotor, sensual, imaginational, intellectual, and emotional.