the faculty of imagining
, or of forming mental images
or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
the action or process of forming such images
the faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative imagery
. Compare fancy ( def 2 )
the product of imagining
; a conception or mental creation, often a baseless or fanciful one.
ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness: a job that requires imagination.
the power of reproducing images
stored in the memory under the suggestion of associated images (reproductive imagination)
or of recombining former experiences in the creation of new images
directed at a specific goal
or aiding in the solution of problems (creative imagination)
(in Kantian epistemology) synthesis of data from the sensory manifold into objects by means of the categories.
Archaic. a plan, scheme, or plot.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English Related forms
< Latin imāginātiōn-
(stem of imāginātiō
) fancy, equivalent to imāgināt
) past participle of imāginārī
stem of imāgō image
+ -ātus -ate1
) + -iōn- -ion
ingenuity, enterprise, thought.