imag·​i·​na·​tive | \ i-ˈmaj-nə-tiv ; -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.

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Looking to the Surrealism movement, German designer Paula Knorr created a skirt for Spring 2018 that is both arresting and imaginative, and could easily be applied onto a blank canvas as art. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Artful Skirt Will Make You Look Twice," 9 Sep. 2018 This strength is evident in Kokandy Productions' intimate revival, directed by John D. Glover with imaginative choreography by Brenda Didier. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Check into this five-star Grand Hotel," 26 Apr. 2018 Included are a map puzzle and checkers, and a magnetic board and slate for imaginative fun. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "6 Make-It-Yourself Games To Beat The Winter Doldrums," 9 Jan. 2015 Yet hints of her imaginative, fickle father soon surfaced in Ada. Abigail Deutsch, WSJ, "‘In Byron’s Wake’ Review: Lout and Ladies," 13 Dec. 2018 Within is known primarily for its immersive storytelling capabilities (ranging from the hyper-imaginative to documentary) in VR. Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Vogue, "With Wonderscope, a Tech Company Attempts the Unthinkable: Healthy Screen Time for Kids," 14 Nov. 2018 The highly imaginative novella about a young, intergalactic traveler, spent two weeks on The New York Times’ best-seller list and went through at least three printings by December of that year. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "The Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Old," 3 Apr. 2018 So if there’s one person that’s going to bring in outside perspectives, provoke the culture, do sort of these imaginative scenarios, there’s a ton of ways to ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "How to make a big company more innovative," 30 Nov. 2018 Archigram Archives Neatly bound, colorfully illustrated, and comprehensive in its scope, Archigram: The Book, a new exploration of the influential and imaginative ’60s British architecture collective, ticks all the coffee table boxes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \

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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