adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. existing only in imagination ; lacking factual reality b. formed or characterized imaginatively or arbitrarily <
his canvases, chiefly imaginary, somber landscapes — Current Biography
2. containing or relating to the imaginary unit <
imaginary roots
imaginarily adverbimaginariness noun Synonyms: imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <
an imaginary desert isle
. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <
a teller of fanciful stories
. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <
visionary schemes
. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <
a fantastic world inhabited by monsters
. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <
chimerical dreams of future progress
. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <
a quixotic crusade

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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