imaginative

adjective imag·i·na·tive \ i-ˈmaj-nə-tiv ; -ˈma-jə-ˌnā- , -nə- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of imaginative

1 a : 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

imaginatively

adverb

imaginativeness

noun

Examples of imaginative in a Sentence

  1. She wrote an imaginative story about life on the planet Venus.

  2. The restaurant's menu is quite imaginative.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


IMAGINATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

imaginative

Definition of imaginative for English Language Learners

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

  • : of or relating to imagination


IMAGINATIVE Defined for Kids

imaginative

adjective imag·i·na·tive \ i-ˈma-jə-nə-tiv \

Definition of imaginative for Students

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


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