characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.
suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance.
led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical: a fanciful mind.

1620–30; fancy + -ful

fancifully, adverb
fancifulness, noun
overfanciful, adjective
overfancifully, adverb
overfancifulness, noun
unfanciful, adjective

2. visionary, baseless, illusory. Unabridged
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fanciful (ˈfænsɪfʊl)
1.  not based on fact; dubious or imaginary: fanciful notions
2.  made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way
3.  indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical

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Word Origin & History

1620s, from fancy + -ful. Related: Fancifully.
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Example sentences
Each corner of her house displays evidence of her talent for creating an
  ambience both fanciful and romantic.
These animals can be fanciful but must show evidence of special adaptations to
  the conditions in which they live.
But lightning flickers above thunderstorms too, where the ghostly flashes have
  such fanciful names as elves and sprites.
Plenty of people get away with using fanciful names.
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