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 (ĭ-măj′ə-nə-tĭv, -nā′tĭv)
1. Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination.
2. Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
3. Tending to indulge in the fanciful or in make-believe.
4. Having no truth; false.

i·mag′i·na·tive·ly adv.
i·mag′i·na·tive·ness n.


1. produced by or indicative of a vivid or creative imagination: an imaginative story.
2. having a vivid imagination
imˈaginatively adv
imˈaginativeness n


(ɪˈmædʒ ə nə tɪv, -ˌneɪ tɪv)

1. characterized by imagination.
2. of, pertaining to, or concerned with imagination.
3. given to imagining.
4. having exceptional powers of imagination.
5. fanciful.
i•mag′i•na•tive•ly, adv.
i•mag′i•na•tive•ness, n.


1. 'imaginary'

Something that is imaginary exists only in someone's imagination, and not in real life.

Many children develop fears of imaginary dangers. of completely imaginary plants.
2. 'imaginative'

Imaginative people are good at forming ideas of new and exciting things. imaginative schoolteacher.

You can also describe someone's ideas as imaginative. imaginative scheme.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.imaginative - (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action; "an imaginative use of material"; "the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford; "an ingenious device"; "had an inventive turn of mind"; "inventive ceramics"
creative, originative - having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination"



Appealing to fancy:
خَيالي، واسِع الخَيال
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[ɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv] ADJ [person] → imaginativo, lleno de imaginación; [drawing, story] → imaginativo


[ɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv] adj [person] → imaginatif/ive, plein(e) d'imagination; [idea] → imaginatif/ive


adj, imaginatively


[ɪˈmædʒ/ɛ7nətɪv] adjfantasioso/a, immaginoso/a


(iˈmӕdʒin) verb
1. to form a mental picture of (something). I can imagine how you felt.
2. to see or hear etc (something which is not true or does not exist). Children often imagine that there are frightening animals under their beds; You're just imagining things!
3. to think; to suppose. I imagine (that) he will be late.
iˈmaginary adjective
existing only in the mind or imagination; not real. Her illnesses are usually imaginary.
iˌmagiˈnation noun
1. (the part of the mind which has) the ability to form mental pictures. I can see it all in my imagination.
2. the creative ability of a writer etc. This book shows a lot of imagination.
3. the seeing etc of things which do not exist. There was no-one there – it was just your imagination.
iˈmaginative (-nətiv) , ((American) -neitiv) adjective
(negative unimaginative) having, or created with, imagination. an imaginative writer; This essay is interesting and imaginative.
References in classic literature ?
Such an anthology, the compass and variety of our prose literature being considered, might well follow exclusively some special line of interest in it; exhibiting, for instance, what is so obviously striking, its imaginative power, or its (legitimately) poetic beauty, or again, its philosophical capacity.
It is the penalty the imaginative man must pay for his friendship with John Barleycorn.
The paper is interesting as showing what were the actual experiences out of which he formed his imaginative stories.
Not only that, but the subtle insanity of Ahab respecting Moby Dick was noways more significantly manifested than in his superlative sense and shrewdness in foreseeing that, for the present, the hunt should in some way be stripped of that strange imaginative impiousness which naturally invested it; that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved by action); that when they stood their long night watches, his officers and men must have some nearer things to think of than Moby Dick.
Poligny and Debienne, we had been so nicely steeped"--Moncharmin's style is not always irreproachable-- "had no doubt ended by blinding my imaginative and also my visual faculties.
The imaginative treatment of the spiritual life, as in 'Paradise Lost' or 'The Faerie Queene,' or the impassioned exaltation of imaginative beauty, as in much Elizabethan poetry, seemed to the typical men of the Restoration unsubstantial and meaningless, and they had no ambition to attempt flights in those realms.
I believe that Gaston Cleric narrowly missed being a great poet, and I have sometimes thought that his bursts of imaginative talk were fatal to his poetic gift.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
More the thoughtful and imaginative boy might have mused; but now a large yellow cat, a great favorite with all the children, leaped in at the open window.
I have often attributed my attachment to, my passionate enthusiasm for, the dangerous mysteries of ocean to that production of the most imaginative of modern poets.
We are all of us imaginative in some form or other, for images are the brood of desire; and poor old Featherstone, who laughed much at the way in which others cajoled themselves, did not escape the fellowship of illusion.
Perhaps,' he reflected, 'my temperament is more imaginative than I supposed it to be--and this is a trick played on me by my own fancy?