- existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied: an imaginary illness; the imaginary animals in the stories of Dr. Seuss.
- Mathematics. imaginary number.
Origin of imaginary
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1. fanciful, visionary, shadowy, chimerical, baseless, illusory.
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- existing in the imagination; unreal; illusory
- maths involving or containing imaginary numbers. The imaginary part of a complex number, z, is usually written Im z
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Word Origin and History for imaginarily
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