given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes: a visionary enthusiast.
given to or concerned with seeing visions.
a person of unusually keen foresight.
a person who sees visions.
a person who is given to audacious, highly speculative, or impractical ideas or schemes; dreamer.
- vi·sion·ar·i·ness, noun
- non·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective, noun
- un·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective
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How to use visionary in a sentence
The visionaries, makers and investors building the future and changing the way we move everything around the world.Last day to save on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 | Alexandra Ames | September 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
Because there is a whole sisterhood of women who are ambitious, visionaries, and who recognize the change that we need to see in the world.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in government and policy | Rachel King | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Fortune published its latest 40 Under 40 list of the innovators, leaders, and otherwise commendable visionaries this week.The ‘under 40’ crowd leading revolutions in health care | Sy Mukherjee | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
He lacks Edison’s business acumen and penchant for self-promotion, but is armed with a visionary idea and relentless ambition.Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor | Maria Temming | August 19, 2020 | Science News
When the generations that come after us, our charge is that we will be enough, and be visionary enough, for them to be proud of what we’ve done.Morning Report: Report Finds Evidence of Fraud in Sweetwater Budget Mess | Voice of San Diego | June 23, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
They double down on the plot device of a lone visionary opposed by conventional hierarchies.
They were jeered for their efforts, but today they look visionary.
Yet, the ever-visionary Van Gogh still feels the possibility of acclaim after his imminent death.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind | Nick Mafi | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ken Russell, the now sadly deceased British film director, told me he considered Jarman a visionary.
I wanted to talk about your career as well, since you were honored here with the Persol Tribute to visionary Talent Award.Frances McDormand on 'Olive Kitteridge,' Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX's 'Fargo' | Marlow Stern | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The prophets had long been painting the visionary dawn with pigments of that glorious sunset.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
The danger which seemed so terrible to many honest friends of liberty he did not venture to pronounce altogether visionary.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
This visionary was in reality a philosopher, that is to say, an experimenter and a manipulator of general ideas.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
It is important, first of all, to note that this power of the visionary could not be put directly into play.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
The man who brought these calamities on his country was not a mere visionary or a mere swindler.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for visionary
marked by vision or foresight: a visionary leader
incapable of being realized or effected; unrealistic
(of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical ones
given to having visions
of, of the nature of, or seen in visions
a visionary person
- visionariness, noun
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