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adjective vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

Simple Definition of visionary

  • : having or showing clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

  • : having or showing a powerful imagination

  • : of or relating to something that is seen or imagined in a dream or vision (sense 3)

Full Definition of visionary

  1. 1 a :  of the nature of a vision :  illusory b :  incapable of being realized or achieved :  utopian <a visionary scheme> c :  existing only in imagination :  unreal

  2. 2 a :  able or likely to see visions b :  disposed to reverie or imagining :  dreamy

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or characterized by visions or the power of vision

  4. 4 :  having or marked by foresight and imagination <a visionary leader> <a visionary invention>

vi·sion·ar·i·ness play \-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of visionary

  1. She is known as a visionary leader.

  2. He had a visionary experience.


First Known Use of visionary


Synonym Discussion of visionary

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>.

Rhymes with visionary

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noun vi·sion·ary

Simple Definition of visionary

  • : a person who has clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

  • : a person who has a powerful imagination

  • : a person who sees visions (sense 3)

Full Definition of visionary

plural visionar·ies

  1. 1 :  one whose ideas or projects are impractical :  dreamer

  2. 2 :  one who sees visions :  seer

  3. 3 :  one having unusual foresight and imagination <a visionary in the computer industry>

Examples of visionary

  1. She's a visionary in her field.

  2. <according to Greek myth, Cassandra was a visionary who was endowed with the gift of inerrant prophecy but fated to never be believed>


First Known Use of visionary


VISIONARY Defined for Kids


noun vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of visionary

plural vi·sion·ar·ies

  1. :  a person who has an exceptional ability to plan or have ideas for the future

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