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 Britain's next head of state, who gave his first speech on the environment in 1968, said bold and imaginative action was needed to tackle the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Mark Thompson, CNN, "Prince Charles: We need a new economic model or the planet will burn," 22 Jan. 2020 The suites are available at all three Disneyland Resort hotels (the opulent Grand Californian, the signature Disneyland Hotel and the relatively moderate Paradise Pier), and the most imaginative rooms are at the Disneyland Hotel. Scott Craven, azcentral, "The VIP's guide to Disneyland, from Club 33 to signature suites," 23 Dec. 2019 Captured outside the tents at the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island, the epicenter of the action, Stephen Tayo’s photographs offer a snapshot of the wildly imaginative looks on parade. Stephen Tayo, Vogue, "The Best Street Style at Lagos Fashion Week," 28 Oct. 2019 Soderbergh’s wildly imaginative approach to the subject is to dramatize a wide variety of characters in a disparate array of story lines that are connected indirectly through that firm’s operations. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Laundromat,” Reviewed: Steven Soderbergh’s Flawed, Thrilling Tale of Financial Greed," 27 Sep. 2019 Top houses vie for the wackiest or most imaginative idea. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quirks and provocations define Paris Fashion Week shows," 25 Sep. 2019 Arts in Strongsville is dedicated to developing imaginative thinking in children and adults. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Big musical from Beck Center offers dynamic social critique: Strong Points," 16 Jan. 2020 That wasn't the case at Tuesday night's awards though, with Bong's and Peele's work being celebrated for many of the same themes as their dramatic counterparts, delivered in more twisted, imaginative ways. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tarantino, Scorsese Tease Reviewers, Thank Netflix at N.Y. Film Critics Circle Awards," 8 Jan. 2020 Show off your leadership skills in imaginative ways. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2019: Gemini, inspire others; Leo, job pressures interfere with holiday plans," 19 Dec. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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