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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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 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

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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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