[ vizh-uh-ner-ee ]
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  1. given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes: a visionary enthusiast.

  2. given to or concerned with seeing visions.

  1. belonging to or seen in a vision.

  2. unreal; imaginary: visionary evils.

  3. purely idealistic or speculative; impractical; unrealizable: a visionary scheme.

  4. of, relating to, or proper to a vision.

noun,plural vi·sion·ar·ies.
  1. a person of unusually keen foresight.

  2. a person who sees visions.

  1. a person who is given to audacious, highly speculative, or impractical ideas or schemes; dreamer.

Origin of visionary

First recorded in 1640–50; vision + -ary

Other words for visionary

Opposites for visionary

Other words from visionary

  • vi·sion·ar·i·ness, noun
  • non·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective, noun
  • un·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective

Words Nearby visionary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use visionary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for visionary


/ (ˈvɪʒənərɪ) /

  1. marked by vision or foresight: a visionary leader

  2. incapable of being realized or effected; unrealistic

  1. (of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical ones

  2. given to having visions

  3. of, of the nature of, or seen in visions

nounplural -aries
  1. a visionary person

Derived forms of visionary

  • visionariness, noun

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