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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 ?
One of my pieces, which fell so far short of my visionary performances as to treat of the lowly and familiar theme of Spring, was the first thing I ever had in print.
No, in truth you are no visionary, my dear friend, and now I think of it -- you -- yes, i'faith, you're right -- those delicate, yet firm-set lips, those eyes which seem always at the command of the intellect and never of the heart
It is part of the martyrdom which I endure for the cause of the Truth that there are seasons of mental weakness, when Cubes and Spheres flit away into the background of scarce-possible existences; when the Land of Three Dimensions seems almost as visionary as the Land of One or None; nay, when even this hard wall that bars me from my freedom, these very tablets on which I am writing, and all the substantial realities of Flatland itself, appear no better than the offspring of a diseased imagination, or the baseless fabric of a dream.
She was no longer the milkmaid, but a visionary essence of woman--a whole sex condensed into one typical form.
The longer she lived, the more experience and observation she had of life, the greater was her wonder at the short-sightedness of men who seek enjoyment and happiness here on earth: toiling, suffering, struggling, and harming one another, to obtain that impossible, visionary, sinful happiness.
He has felt it already, indeed: but he shall ACKNOWLEDGE it too; and what visionary hopes he may have, he must keep to himself, and only amuse me with the result of them--for a time.
My spiritual conscience requireth from me that it should be so--that I should know one thing, and not know all else: they are a loathing unto me, all the semi-spiritual, all the hazy, hovering, and visionary.
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.
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.
This class of boys, in short, must supply the world with those active, skilful hands, and clear, sagacious heads, without which the affairs of life would be thrown into confusion by the theories of studious and visionary men.
My host, however, had in some degree resumed the calmness of his demeanor, and questioned me very rigorously in respect to the conformation of the visionary creature.
She once or twice mentioned this visionary man by his name.