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chimerical

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adjective chi·me·ri·cal \kī-ˈmer-i-kəl, kə-, -ˈmir-\

Definition of chimerical

  1. 1 :  existing only as the product of unchecked imagination :  fantastically visionary or improbable

  2. 2 :  given to fantastic schemes

chimerically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of chimerical in a sentence

  1. <for the time being, interplanetary travel remains a chimerical feature of life in the 21st century>



Variants of chimerical

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chimeric

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Origin and Etymology of chimerical

chimera


First Known Use: 1638

Synonym Discussion of chimerical

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <an imaginary desert isle>. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <a teller of fanciful stories>. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <visionary schemes>. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <a fantastic world inhabited by monsters>. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <chimerical dreams of future progress>. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <a quixotic crusade>.

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