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imaginative

[ih-maj-uh-nuh-tiv, -ney-tiv] /ɪˈmædʒ ə nə tɪv, -ˌneɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or bearing evidence of imagination:
an imaginative tale.
2.
of, relating to, or concerned with imagination.
3.
given to imagining, as persons.
4.
having exceptional powers of imagination.
5.
lacking truth; fanciful.
Origin of imaginative
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin imāginātīvus imaginary, imaginative, equivalent to Latin imāgināt(us) imagined (see imagination) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English imaginatif < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related forms
imaginatively, adverb
imaginativeness, noun
overimaginative, adjective
overimaginatively, adverb
overimaginativeness, noun
unimaginative, adjective
unimaginatively, adverb
Can be confused
imaginary, imaginative.
Synonyms
1. creative, inventive, clever, ingenious.
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  • They were imaginative in the extreme, quick of temper, and very prone to insult.

  • Like all imaginative people, she had the gift of dramatizing herself.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The imaginative faculty (has) the capabilities of ecstasy and possession.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • Dorcas Jane, who was eleven and a half and not at all imaginative, eyed him suspiciously.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • His poetry is characterised by lofty ethical tone, imaginative power, and grave stateliness of expression.

British Dictionary definitions for imaginative

imaginative

/ɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv/
adjective
1.
produced by or indicative of a vivid or creative imagination: an imaginative story
2.
having a vivid imagination
Derived Forms
imaginatively, adverb
imaginativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imaginative
adj.

late 14c., ymaginatyf, from Old French imaginatif and directly from Medieval Latin imaginativus, from imaginat-, stem of Latin imaginari (see imagine). Related: Imaginatively; imaginativeness.

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