See under imagination(def 6).
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Words nearby reproductive imagination
Definition for reproductive imagination (2 of 2)
[ ih-maj-uh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən /
the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
the action or process of forming such images or concepts.
the faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative imagery.Compare fancy(def 2).
the product of imagining; a conception or mental creation, often a baseless or fanciful one.
ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness: a job that requires imagination.
(in Kantian epistemology) synthesis of data from the sensory manifold into objects by means of the categories.
Archaic. a plan, scheme, or plot.
Origin of imagination
SYNONYMS FOR imagination
3 See fancy.
5 ingenuity, enterprise, thought.
OTHER WORDS FROM imaginationi·mag·i·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·im·ag·i·na·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reproductive imagination
/ (ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən) /
the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced
mental creative ability
the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc
(in romantic literary criticism, esp that of S. T. Coleridge) a creative act of perception that joins passive and active elements in thinking and imposes unity on the poetic materialCompare fancy (def. 9)
Derived forms of imaginationimaginational, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with reproductive imagination
see figment of one's imagination.
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