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fanciful

[fan-si-fuh l] /ˈfæn sɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance:
a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.
2.
suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal:
fanciful lands of romance.
3.
led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical:
a fanciful mind.
Origin of fanciful
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; fancy + -ful
Related forms
fancifully, adverb
fancifulness, noun
overfanciful, adjective
overfancifully, adverb
overfancifulness, noun
unfanciful, adjective
Synonyms
2. visionary, baseless, illusory.
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Examples from the Web for fanciful
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  • The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The thing was incomprehensible to Tip, and altogether a fanciful notion.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He found, when he looked up, that this sensation was not a fanciful one.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He did not like to offer her money, but a pretty, fanciful idea occurred to him.

  • We must separate the fanciful from the real, or at least make the one subservient to the other.

British Dictionary definitions for fanciful

fanciful

/ˈfænsɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
not based on fact; dubious or imaginary: fanciful notions
2.
made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way
3.
indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical
Derived Forms
fancifully, adverb
fancifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fanciful
adj.

1620s, from fancy (n.) + -ful. Related: Fancifully.

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