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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, pertaining to, or concerned with imagination.
3.
given to imagining, as persons.
4.
having exceptional powers of imagination.
5.
lacking truth; fanciful.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for unimaginative

unimaginative

/ˌʌnɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv/
adjective
1.
lacking in imagination or imaginative thought; dull
Derived Forms
unimaginatively, adverb

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 unimaginative

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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