un·​imag·​i·​na·​tive | \ ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-tiv How to pronounce unimaginative (audio) ; -ˈma-jə-ˌnā-, -nə-\

Definition of unimaginative

: having or showing a lack of imagination or originality : not imaginative unimaginative people an unimaginative menu a predictable and unimaginative plot

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Other Words from unimaginative

unimaginatively adverb
… this is a simple, straightforward survey, competently if unimaginatively presented … — Alan Knight
unimaginativeness noun

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This is little more than a ramshackle succession of scenes that take an unimaginative surface route, never digging too deep. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019 Sanders, FDR’s unimaginative echo, presumably agrees. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo," 23 June 2019 Sanders, FDR’s unimaginative echo, presumably agrees. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo," 23 June 2019 Sanders, FDR’s unimaginative echo, presumably agrees. George Will, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Is FDR’s Unimaginative Echo," 23 June 2019 This leads to continuing a policy that is tenable, but increasingly obsolete and unimaginative. George Steiner, Harper's magazine, "Russia and Red China," 10 June 2019 Thankfully, that unimaginative stratagem has largely come and gone, and its next iteration has appeared in Seoul, where the city’s Fall 2019 Fashion Week wrapped up on Sunday. Vogue, "Off-Beat Twins Get the Win at Seoul Fashion Week," 25 Mar. 2019 In contrast, the designers who rehashed trends or showed unimaginative streetwear didn’t leave much of an impression. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Designers to Watch and the Trends to Know From Shanghai Fashion Week," 18 Oct. 2018 Josef is a dull, unimaginative child, given to casual envies and sidelong resentments. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Melmoth’ Review: The Wanderer Returns," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unimaginative

1814, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unimaginative

: not having or showing an ability to think of new and interesting ideas : not imaginative

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