Definition of chimerical
1 : existing only as the product of unchecked imagination : fantastically visionary (see 1visionary 2) or improbable chimerical dreams of economic stability
2 : given to fantastic schemes She's a chimerical optimist infused with utopian visions.
3 usually chimeric a : relating to, derived from, or being a genetic chimera : containing tissue with two or more genetically distinct populations of cells Chimeric mice are generated by mixing cells from two embryos, generating a mouse with four parental contributions. — Nancy L. Nadonb : composed of material (such as DNA or polypeptide) from more than one organism He combined this gene material with safer human DNA and created what's known as a chimeric gene—a gene of antibody instructions that is part man, part mouse. — Eric Hand
chimericallyplay \kī-ˈmer-i-k(ə-)lē, kə-, -ˈmir-\ adverb
Examples of chimerical in a Sentence
for the time being, interplanetary travel remains a chimerical feature of life in the 21st century
Recent Examples of chimerical from the Web
A few weeks ago the notion of a classic but modernized and fully realized Metroid game would have seemed chimerical.
The Tory view that May would be their greatest electoral asset was revealed to be chimerical.
For Ms. Anderson, talking like Laurie Anderson has been the basis of a varied and chimerical career, sustained through six books, a dozen albums, multimedia performances for human and canine audiences and an acclaimed documentary film.
The paintings are a series of chimerical scenes, freeform lines, and warm, balmy hues – exploring the relationship of various media in the artist's creation of unique, personal artwork.
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Origin and Etymology of chimerical
First Known Use: 1638See Words from the same year
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