un·​imag·​i·​na·​tive | \ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-tiv; -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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Last season, giveaway items, most of which were wearables, were widely panned as unimaginative. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres to celebrate Hoffman's Hall of Fame induction, '98 team with 2018 promotions," 26 Jan. 2018 Instead, the spontaneous burst of joy that usually accompanies a goal has become as unimaginative as slapping cream cheese on a bagel. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 Walker’s big play came after an unimaginative first half that finished scoreless. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Is this goal from FC Cincinnati the goal of the year?," 30 Apr. 2018 Far from seeming extraordinary, men and women in capes, masks and electronic suits have now become avatars of the unimaginative and the commonplace — a development that Bird and his collaborators could hardly have anticipated. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 July 2018 Soccer haters are generally a pretty unimaginative bunch. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Sorry soccer haters, but this World Cup is absolutely awesome," 25 June 2018 Can this post of yours out there not be filled by an unimaginative average person of the type that come 12 to the dozen? Ze'ev Rosenkranz, Time, "The Real Lesson of the Racial Slurs in Albert Einstein’s Private Travel Diaries," 19 June 2018 Russian cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy, unimaginative fare. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 June 2018 The character herself is thinly conceived, a cynical but unimaginative facsimile of our idea of the Hollywood starlet, yet Hathaway takes every opportunity to dive into the role, hamming it up underneath the devilish glaze of a raspberry red lip. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ocean’s 8 isn’t a great movie, but it’s a perfect summer movie.," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of unimaginative

1814, in the meaning defined above

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