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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:
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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 ?
She put them in his buttonhole as a peace offering, and he stood a minute looking down at them with a curious expression, for in the Italian part of his nature there was a touch of superstition, and he was just then in that state of half-sweet, half-bitter melancholy, when imaginative young men find significance in trifles and food for romance everywhere.
Born of a delicate and overworked mother, and an impulsive, hard, imaginative father, who did not look with favor upon her coming into the world, Louise was from childhood a neurotic, one of the race of over-sensitive women that in later days in- dustrialism was to bring in such great numbers into the world.
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.
He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency.
There he seemed to sit, with a dim veil of decay and ruin betwixt him and the world, but through which, at flitting intervals, might be caught the same expression, so refined, so softly imaginative, which Malbone--venturing a happy touch, with suspended breath --had imparted to the miniature
Nature -- except it were human nature -- the nature that is developed in earth and sky, was, in one sense, hidden from me; and all the imaginative delight wherewith it had been spiritualized passed away out of my mind.
However wide awake they may have been before they entered that sleepy region, they are sure, in a little time, to inhale the witching influence of the air, and begin to grow imaginative, to dream dreams, and see apparitions.
And though, doubtless, some at least of the imaginative impressions about to be presented may have been shared by most men, yet few perhaps were entirely conscious of them at the time, and therefore may not be able to recall them now.
Tamoszius had tried to explain to Jurgis what it was all about, but Jurgis, who was not of an imaginative turn, had never quire got it straight; at present he was content with his companion's explanation that the Socialists were the enemies of American institutions--could not be bought, and would not combine or make any sort of a "dicker.
There were others, which made incessant mention of "Jordan's banks," and "Canaan's fields," and the "New Jerusalem;" for the negro mind, impassioned and imaginative, always attaches itself to hymns and expressions of a vivid and pictorial nature; and, as they sung, some laughed, and some cried, and some clapped hands, or shook hands rejoicingly with each other, as if they had fairly gained the other side of the river.
I trust that we shall be more imaginative, that our thoughts will be clearer, fresher, and more ethereal, as our sky--our understanding more comprehensive and broader, like our plains--our intellect generally on a grander seale, like our thunder and lightning, our rivers and mountains and forests-and our hearts shall even correspond in breadth and depth and grandeur to our inland seas.