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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, relating 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 of visionary
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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  • Like other Frenchmen, he went too far and tried to do too much; but, if he made mistakes, he was at least no visionary.

  • He was an orator, a dreamer, and a visionary; a strange, complex character.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • To study such an ideal, dimly expressed though it be in human existence, is no prophetic or visionary undertaking.

    The Life of Reason George Santayana
  • And Lynette's visionary companion was upon the instant gone.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I found, continued Trevylyan, that this tale was corroborated by inquiry into the visionary's habits.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for visionary

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 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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visionary in Technology


1. One who hacks vision, in the sense of an Artificial Intelligence researcher working on the problem of getting computers to "see" things using TV cameras. (There isn't any problem in sending information from a TV camera to a computer. The problem is, how can the computer be programmed to make use of the camera information? See SMOP, AI-complete.)
2. [IBM] One who reads the outside literature. At IBM, apparently, such a penchant is viewed with awe and wonder.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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