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[huh-loo-suh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /həˈlu sə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to or characterized by hallucination:
hallucinatory visions.
Origin of hallucinatory
First recorded in 1820-30; hallucinate + -ory1
Related forms
nonhallucinatory, adjective
unhallucinatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • She had insight into the hallucinatory nature of these visions.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • There are no hallucinatory phases in the conditions or causes.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
  • Or again, the sounds may be hallucinatory and only some mortals may have the power of hearing them.

  • It seems to have been hallucinatory, otherwise all would have shared the experience.

  • The first wish must have been an hallucinatory occupation of the memory for gratification.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
Word Origin and History for hallucinatory

1830, from hallucinat-, past participle stem of Latin hallucinari (see hallucinate) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hallucinatory in Medicine

hallucinatory hal·lu·ci·na·to·ry (hə-lōō'sə-nə-tôr'ē)

  1. Of or characterized by hallucination.

  2. Inducing or causing hallucination.

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