chimerical

adjective
chi·​me·​ri·​cal | \ kī-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce chimerical (audio) , kə-, -ˈmir- \
variants: or less commonly chimeric \ kī-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce chimerical (audio) , kə-​ , -​ˈmir-​ \

Definition of chimerical

1 : existing only as the product of unchecked imagination : fantastically visionary (see visionary entry 1 sense 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. Nadon
b : 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

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Other Words from chimerical

chimerically \ kī-​ˈmer-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chimerical (audio) , kə-​ , -​ˈmir-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of chimerical in a Sentence

for the time being, interplanetary travel remains a chimerical feature of life in the 21st century
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the pre-election fears of widespread violence by the left and intimidation by the right proved largely chimerical. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Don't panic: Democracy is holding up," 4 Nov. 2020 The movie’s audaciously loose and chimerical plot is its greatest strength. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Capone” Is a Hallucinatory Vision of Gangland’s Fallen Monster," 11 May 2020 As the technology industry faces growing government scrutiny, this may not be the time for a visionary, chimerical CEO. Washington Post, "Where Is Larry Page? Alphabet Deserves Better," 20 Sep. 2019 As the technology industry faces growing government scrutiny, this may not be the time for a visionary, chimerical CEO. Washington Post, "Where Is Larry Page? Alphabet Deserves Better," 20 Sep. 2019 As the technology industry faces growing government scrutiny, this may not be the time for a visionary, chimerical CEO. Washington Post, "Where Is Larry Page? Alphabet Deserves Better," 20 Sep. 2019 As the technology industry faces growing government scrutiny, this may not be the time for a visionary, chimerical CEO. Washington Post, "Where Is Larry Page? Alphabet Deserves Better," 20 Sep. 2019 As the technology industry faces growing government scrutiny, this may not be the time for a visionary, chimerical CEO. Washington Post, "Where Is Larry Page? Alphabet Deserves Better," 20 Sep. 2019 The company said the tax cut allowed it to pay bonuses of up to $1,000 to its workforce, but these turned out to be largely chimerical. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Two billionaires explain why they shouldn’t pay more taxes, unlike you poor saps," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chimerical

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chimerical

chimera

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“Chimerical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chimerical. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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