Date: 14th century
a. existing only in imagination ; lacking factual reality
b. formed or characterized imaginatively or arbitrarily <his canvases, chiefly imaginary, somber landscapes — Current Biography> 2. containing or relating to the imaginary unit <imaginary roots> • imaginarily adverb • imaginariness 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>. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <a teller of fanciful stories>. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <visionary schemes>. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <a fantastic world inhabited by monsters>. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <chimerical dreams of future progress>. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <a quixotic crusade>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.
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