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[ih-maj-uh-nuh-tiv, -ney-tiv]
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  1. characterized by or bearing evidence of imagination: an imaginative tale.
  2. of, relating to, or concerned with imagination.
  3. given to imagining, as persons.
  4. having exceptional powers of imagination.
  5. lacking truth; fanciful.
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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 formsi·mag·i·na·tive·ly, adverbi·mag·i·na·tive·ness, nouno·ver·im·ag·i·na·tive, adjectiveo·ver·im·ag·i·na·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·im·ag·i·na·tive·ness, nounun·im·ag·i·na·tive, adjectiveun·im·ag·i·na·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedimaginary imaginative


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1. creative, inventive, clever, ingenious.
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Examples from the Web for over-imaginative

Historical Examples

  • Gustave Dor has left us his impressions of it—over-imaginative as usual.

    Southern Spain

    A.F. Calvert

  • Here I was to help care for crops and stock, and see what living in the open would do for my over-imaginative head.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • You have become a past master in the arts which go to the ensnaring of over-imaginative women.

    The Moving Finger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The truth is that I regarded several of these details as suspect, and entirely due to an over-imaginative temperament.

British Dictionary definitions for over-imaginative


  1. produced by or indicative of a vivid or creative imaginationan imaginative story
  2. having a vivid imagination
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Derived Formsimaginatively, adverbimaginativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-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.

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