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imaginative

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

Synonyms

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1. creative, inventive, clever, ingenious.
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Examples from the Web for unimaginative

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Historical Examples

  • They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.

  • Looking at him, I thought they must indeed be an unimaginative set!

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Peasants were greedy, narrow, unimaginative, lacking in public spirit.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There are, of course, some among the thirty who are unimaginative and unenterprising.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • And, in his unimaginative way, he thought he had spoken too gently.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for unimaginative

unimaginative

adjective
  1. lacking in imagination or imaginative thought; dull
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Derived Formsunimaginatively, adverb

imaginative

adjective
  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 unimaginative

imaginative

adj.

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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