[ 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

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

Examples from the Web for unimaginative

British Dictionary definitions for unimaginative (1 of 2)


/ (ˌʌnɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv) /


lacking in imagination or imaginative thought; dull

Derived Forms

unimaginatively, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for unimaginative (2 of 2)


/ (ɪˈmædʒɪnətɪv) /


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

Derived Forms

imaginatively, adverbimaginativeness, noun
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