[ih-maj-uh-nuh-tiv, -ney-tiv]


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 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

Synonyms for imaginative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for over-imaginative

Historical Examples of over-imaginative

  • 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



produced by or indicative of a vivid or creative imaginationan imaginative story
having a vivid imagination
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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