unimaginative

adjective

un·​imag·​i·​na·​tive
ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-tiv;
-ˈma-jə-ˌnā-,
-nə- How to pronounce unimaginative (audio)
: having or showing a lack of imagination or originality : not imaginative
unimaginative people
an unimaginative menu
a predictable and unimaginative plot
unimaginatively adverb
… this is a simple, straightforward survey, competently if unimaginatively presented … Alan Knight
unimaginativeness noun

Examples of unimaginative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bright, sensitive and soulfully handsome, Adi dreams of a liberated adult life in Bucharest, though his unimaginative, God-fearing parents (Bogdan Dumitrache and Laura Vasiliu) see only a marine academy in his future. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 May 2024 But assuming a novel with a fictional celebrity in a relationship must be based on an existing celebrity—in this case, the internet has decided, Harry Styles—is unimaginative at best and sexist at worst. Robinne Lee, TIME, 2 May 2024 Many contemporary thrillers are far more overtly gruesome than this one, partly because violence is one way unimaginative directors can put a distinctive spin on otherwise interchangeable material: Cue the artful fountains of arterial spray. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Philadelphia’s defense has been getting shredded and Nick Sirianni’s offense has become unimaginative and stagnant. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 In contrast to those works, Ferrari feels bizarrely dull and unimaginative in its approach to its visual world. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2023 But differences in tempo and sentiment aside, both songs feel dull, dry, unimaginative, unnecessary, unconfident and uncool. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Future crossover potential aside, Clarkson’s approach feels like a throwback to the kind of unimaginative superhero movies Hollywood produced before Marvel got its act together over at Disney. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 Yet while middle managers have a huge amount to contribute to organizational success, they can sometimes be accused of being unimaginative, inflexible blockers to progress. Sally Percy, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unimaginative was in 1814

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“Unimaginative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimaginative. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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