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[ih-maj-uh-nuh-tiv, -ney-tiv] /ɪˈmædʒ ə nə tɪv, -ˌneɪ tɪv/
characterized by or bearing evidence of imagination:
an imaginative tale.
of, relating to, or concerned with imagination.
given to imagining, as persons.
having exceptional powers of imagination.
lacking truth; fanciful.
Origin of imaginative
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin imāginātīvus imaginary, imaginative, equivalent to Latin imāgināt(us) imagined (see imagination) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English imaginatif < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related forms
imaginatively, adverb
imaginativeness, noun
overimaginative, adjective
overimaginatively, adverb
overimaginativeness, noun
unimaginative, adjective
unimaginatively, adverb
Can be confused
imaginary, imaginative.
1. creative, inventive, clever, ingenious. Unabridged
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  • Like all imaginative people, she had the gift of dramatizing herself.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Dorcas Jane, who was eleven and a half and not at all imaginative, eyed him suspiciously.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The least imaginative of my charges seemed to feel the influence of the place.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • To an imaginative mind the scene was full of novel interest.

  • You are susceptible, imaginative; do not demand too much, or dream too fondly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for imaginative


produced by or indicative of a vivid or creative imagination: an imaginative story
having a vivid imagination
Derived Forms
imaginatively, adverb
imaginativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for imaginative

late 14c., ymaginatyf, from Old French imaginatif and directly from Medieval Latin imaginativus, from imaginat-, stem of Latin imaginari (see imagine). Related: Imaginatively; imaginativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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