imag·​i·​na·​tive | \ i-ˈmaj-nə-tiv How to pronounce imaginative (audio) ; -ˈma-jə-ˌnā-, -nə- \

Definition of imaginative

1a : of, relating to, or characterized by imagination
b : devoid of truth : false
2 : given to imagining : having a lively imagination
3 : of or relating to images especially : showing a command of imagery

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Other Words from imaginative

imaginatively adverb
imaginativeness noun

Examples of imaginative in a Sentence

She wrote an imaginative story about life on the planet Venus. The restaurant's menu is quite imaginative.
Recent Examples on the Web When Green and Curry are in such lockstep with one another, the Warriors tend to channel a movement-heavy style that can be described as imaginative and care-free. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors ride Green-Curry connection to rout of Cavaliers," 15 Feb. 2021 The project is the subject of a captivating and imaginative, if not fully realized, exhibition on view through Feb. 26 at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 1309 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Steven Litt, cleveland, "KSU architecture show turns Great Lakes into client for visionary projects," 7 Feb. 2021 Recently signed to Extra Soul Perception, Mara’s own ESP is extraterrestrial since his imaginative style has been beautifully paired with such names as Om’Mas Keith, Steve Spacek, and J Dilla collaborator Waajeed. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Celebrate These Masters of the Pen with Mara TK for The Playlist," 29 Jan. 2021 And Hollywood is rapidly losing its geographical and imaginative pride of place as the global center of cultural gravity splits and shifts. New York Times, "The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.," 27 Jan. 2021 What started as a pandemic project by Oaklander Sydney Arkin has developed into an imaginative concept that could give more established spots like Humphry Slocombe a run for their money. Soleil Ho,, "The best way to enjoy the Bay Area's food pop-ups is to embrace chaos," 25 Jan. 2021 But the imaginative Choisne isn’t one to repeat the past. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Boucheron Is Making High Jewelry for All Genders," 25 Jan. 2021 Phillips, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, wants to leverage emerging technologies to address health inequity—to design a more imaginative, inclusive, and connective experience of health, well-being, and care. Lavonne Roberts, Wired, "These Recharge Rooms Are Helping Health Care Workers Cope," 21 Jan. 2021 Essential workers and imaginative volunteers got their due. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Trump treated the arts as an adversary. Biden’s first day told a different story," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of imaginative

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for imaginative

Middle English ymaginatif "employing mental images, curious, inventive," borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, "of the imagination, having a strong imagination, shrewd," borrowed from Medieval Latin imāginātīvus "of the imagination," from Latin imāginātus, past participle of imāginārī "to imagine" + -īvus -ive

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“Imaginative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imaginative

: having or showing an ability to think of new and interesting ideas : having or showing imagination
: of or relating to imagination


imag·​i·​na·​tive | \ i-ˈma-jə-nə-tiv How to pronounce imaginative (audio) \

Kids Definition of imaginative

1 : relating to or showing imagination an imaginative story
2 : having a lively imagination an imaginative artist

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