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.

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This is also where the most imaginative styles are dreamed up. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "For Black Women, the Hair Salon and Beauty Supply Store Are Sacred Spaces," 27 Mar. 2019 Mueller’s subtle, highly imaginative use of image and metaphor certainly invites musical setting. John Von Rhein,, "Under Muti's baton, CSO Chorus delivers fervent, sensitive reading of Schubert's Mass in E flat," 23 Mar. 2018 London's formerly traditional hotelscape now is one of the most imaginative and exciting scenes on the planet. Laura Goulden, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Hotels in London," 26 Feb. 2018 Cleveland’s offense was unpredictable, imaginative and wide-open under Kitchens last season. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Browns’ Kitchens hanging on to play-calling duties as coach," 14 Jan. 2019 Some abstract thoughts put together by imaginative designers who don't need to worry about safety regulations or tastefulness. Imad Khan, Houston Chronicle, "The weirdest quirks in concept cars at the Detroit Auto Show," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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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 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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