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vi·sion·ar·y

 (vĭzh′ə-nĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Characterized by vision or foresight.
2.
a. Having the nature of fantasies or dreams; illusory.
b. Existing in imagination only; imaginary.
3.
a. Characterized by or given to apparitions, prophecies, or revelations.
b. Given to daydreams or reverie; dreamy.
4.
a. Not practicable or realizable; utopian: visionary schemes for getting rich.
b. Tending to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form; idealistic.
n. pl. vi·sion·ar·ies
1. One who is given to impractical or speculative ideas; a dreamer.
2. One who has visions; a seer.

vi′sion·ar′i·ness n.

visionary

(ˈvɪʒənərɪ)
adj
1. marked by vision or foresight: a visionary leader.
2. incapable of being realized or effected; unrealistic
3. (of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical ones
4. given to having visions
5. of, of the nature of, or seen in visions
n, pl -aries
a visionary person
ˈvisionariness n

vi•sion•ar•y

(ˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -ar•ies. adj.
1. given to or concerned with seeing visions.
2. belonging to or seen in a vision.
3. unreal; imaginary.
4. purely idealistic or speculative; impractical; not realizable: a visionary scheme.
5. given to or characterized by fanciful or impractical ideas or schemes.
6. of, pertaining to, or proper to a vision.
n.
7. a person of unusually keen foresight.
8. a person who sees visions.
9. a person who is given to highly speculative or impractical ideas or schemes; dreamer.
[1640–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.visionary - a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possiblevisionary - a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
idealist, dreamer - someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
2.visionary - a person with unusual powers of foresightvisionary - a person with unusual powers of foresight
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
anticipant, anticipator - one who anticipates
diviner - someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
fantast, futurist - someone who predicts the future
forecaster, predictor, prognosticator, soothsayer - someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
Adj.1.visionary - not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"
utopian - characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes"

visionary

noun
1. idealist, romantic, dreamer, daydreamer, utopian, enthusiast (archaic), theorist, zealot, Don Quixote Visionaries see the world not as it is but as it could be.
idealist cynic, realist, pragmatist, pessimist
2. prophet, diviner, mystic, seer, soothsayer, sibyl, scryer, spaewife (Scot.) shamans, mystics and religious visionaries
adjective
1. idealistic, romantic, unrealistic, utopian, dreaming, speculative, impractical, dreamy, unworkable, quixotic, starry-eyed, with your head in the clouds His ideas were dismissed as mere visionary speculation.
idealistic realistic, pragmatic
2. prophetic, mystical, divinatory, predictive, oracular, sibylline, mantic, vatic (rare), fatidic (rare) visionary experiences and contact with spirit beings
3. imaginary, fantastic, unreal, fanciful, ideal, idealized, illusory, imaginal (Psychoanal.), chimerical, delusory the visionary worlds created by fantasy writers
imaginary real, actual, mundane, unimaginary

visionary

adjective
1. Characterized by foresight:
2. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality:
3. Existing only in the imagination:
4. Of or relating to the foretelling of events by or as if by supernatural means:
5. Given to daydreams or reverie:
6. Not compatible with reality:
7. Showing a tendency to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form:
noun
A person inclined to be imaginative or idealistic but impractical:
Translations

visionary

[ˈvɪʒənərɪ]
A. N
1. (= original thinker) → visionario/a m/f
2. (= dreamer) → soñador(a) m/f
B. ADJ
1. (= farsighted) [person, plan] → con visión de futuro, visionario
2. (= impractical) [idea, plan] → utópico, quimérico
3. (= idealistic) [person] → idealista
4. (= religious, supernatural) [experience] → sobrenatural

visionary

[ˈvɪʒənəri] nvisionnaire mf

visionary

adj
(= impractical)unrealistisch; (= of visions)vorhersehend, visionär (geh); (= unreal)eingebildet
(= with a vision) idea, book, writer, artistvisionär
nVisionär(in) m(f), → Seher(in) m(f) (geh); (pej)Fantast(in) m(f), → Phantast(in) m(f)

visionary

[ˈvɪʒnrɪ]
1. nvisionario/a
2. adjlungimirante; (dreamlike) → irreale
References in classic literature ?
With a mysterious and terrible Past, which had annihilated his memory, and a blank Future before him, he had only this visionary and impalpable Now, which, if you once look closely at it, is nothing.
In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
It is remarkable that the visionary propensity I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time.
But as in an hour, this river of dreams and wild romance has emerged to a reality scarcely less visionary and splendid.
All looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality: and the strange little figure there gazing at me, with a white face and arms specking the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit: I thought it like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp, Bessie's evening stories represented as coming out of lone, ferny dells in moors, and appearing before the eyes of belated travellers.
So powerful were these visionary considerations in my boyish mind, that I seem, according to my present way of thinking, to have left school without natural regret.
Her sight was disturbed, so that she saw objects multiplied, and grasped at visionary teacups and wine-glasses instead of the realities; her hearing was greatly impaired; her memory also; and her speech was unintelligible.
It was in vain that he attempted to dazzle her with the prospect of a visionary throne.
But, however, I shall so far do justice to this part of the Academy, as to acknowledge that all of them were not so visionary.
He now realized the possible state of mind of a girl brought up between a superstitious fiddler and a visionary old lady and he shuddered when he thought of the consequences of it all.
said the curate; "then by my faith he must take up his quarters in the yard, in spite of his marvellous birth and visionary adventures, for the stiffness and dryness of his style deserve nothing else; into the yard with him and the other, mistress housekeeper.
But notwithstanding the concurring testimony of experience, in this particular, there are still to be found visionary or designing men, who stand ready to advocate the paradox of perpetual peace between the States, though dismembered and alienated from each other.