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visionary

[vizh-uh-ner-ee] /ˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes:
a visionary enthusiast.
2.
given to or concerned with seeing visions.
3.
belonging to or seen in a vision.
4.
unreal; imaginary:
visionary evils.
5.
purely idealistic or speculative; impractical; unrealizable:
a visionary scheme.
6.
of, pertaining to, or proper to a vision.
noun, plural visionaries.
7.
a person of unusually keen foresight.
8.
a person who sees visions.
9.
a person who is given to audacious, highly speculative, or impractical ideas or schemes; dreamer.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; vision + -ary
Related forms
visionariness, noun
nonvisionary, adjective, noun
unvisionary, adjective
Synonyms
1. impractical, impracticable. 4. fancied, illusory, chimerical. 5. unrealistic.
Antonyms
1. practical.
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British Dictionary definitions for vision aries

visionary

/ˈvɪʒənərɪ/
adjective
1.
marked by vision or foresight: a visionary leader
2.
incapable of being realized or effected; unrealistic
3.
(of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical ones
4.
given to having visions
5.
of, of the nature of, or seen in visions
noun (pl) -aries
6.
a visionary person
Derived Forms
visionariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vision aries

visionary

adj.

"able to see visions," 1650s, from vision + -ary. Meaning "impractical" is attested from 1727. The noun is attested from 1702, from the adj., originally "one who indulges in impractical fantasies."

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