- imaginative (adj.) late 14c., ymaginatyf, from O.Fr. imaginatif and directly from M.L. imaginativus, from imaginat-, stem of L. imaginari (see IMAGINE (Cf. imagine)). Related: Imaginatively; imaginativeness.
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imaginative — imaginative, imaginal, imaginable, imaginary, though not synonymous, are sometimes confused because of their verbal likeness. Imaginative applies to something which is the product of the imagination or has a character indicating the exercise or… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Imaginative — Im*ag i*na*tive, a. [F. imaginatif.] 1. Proceeding from, and characterized by, the imagination, generally in the highest sense of the word. [1913 Webster] In all the higher departments of imaginative art, nature still constitutes an important… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
imaginative — [i maj′i nə tiv, i maj′ināt΄iv] adj. [ME imaginatif < OFr < ML imaginativus] 1. having, using, or showing imagination; having great creative powers 2. given to imagining 3. of or resulting from imagination [imaginative literature]… … English World dictionary
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imaginative — [adj] creative, inventive artistic, avant garde, blue sky*, brain wave, breaking ground, clever, dreamy, enterprising, extravagant, fanciful, fantastic, fertile, fictive, highflown*, ingenious, inspired, offbeat, original, originative, pie in the … New thesaurus
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imaginative */ — UK [ɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv] / US adjective 1) a) involving new, different, or exciting ideas the imaginative use of computers in the classroom problems that may require more imaginative solutions very/highly imaginative: They suggested some very… … English dictionary
imaginative — adjective 1 someone who is imaginative is good at thinking of new, interesting ideas, and at forming pictures in their mind: an imaginative child 2 something that is imaginative contains new and interesting ideas used in a clever way: imaginative … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
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