imaginary
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. existing only in imagination ; lacking factual reality b. formed or characterized imaginatively or arbitrarily <
his canvases, chiefly imaginary, somber landscapes — Current Biography
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2. containing or relating to the imaginary unit <
imaginary roots
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imaginarily adverbimaginariness noun Synonyms: imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <
an imaginary desert isle
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. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <
a teller of fanciful stories
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. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <
visionary schemes
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. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <
a fantastic world inhabited by monsters
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. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <
chimerical dreams of future progress
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. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <
a quixotic crusade
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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