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 Here, visitors are invited to be part of the imaginative cosmos of art instead of outsiders looking in. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "Looking Anew at Contemporary Art at the Rubell Museum," 8 Feb. 2020 The chicken chain’s ever-imaginative marketing team has cooked up yet another idea. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Popeyes just released a clothing line for those Beyoncé fans who missed out on Ivy Park," 29 Jan. 2020 Inspired by Barker’s own documentary of the same name (which also premiered at Sundance, in 2009), Sergio presents an imaginative tribute to the late diplomat. Mary Sollosi,, "See exclusive first trailer for Netflix’s Sergio ahead of Sundance premiere," 15 Jan. 2020 Erivo brings substantial humanity and complexity to Holly, but in positioning her as the imaginative Mulder to Anderson’s rational Scully, the show relies excessively on a single character to argue that monsters might actually exist. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Supernatural Gets Serious in The Outsider," 12 Jan. 2020 Shadows and memories and vibrations of World War II were very foundational to my imaginative life. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Q&A with Stephen Hunter, Author of the New Bob Lee Swagger Novel," 2 Jan. 2020 Cataloging an image is a fascinating combination of scholarly research, hard science and imaginative speculation. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the Getty photography vaults: How the museum protects historic prints," 2 Jan. 2020 Who was writing imaginative fiction like that, before her? Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 Some misgivings remain, abroad and at home, about whether Chinese technical brio is yet matched by imaginative brilliance. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 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 27 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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