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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So either the casting was unimaginative or brilliant. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From “The Two Popes” to a Judy Garland biopic, the best films from the 2019 Telluride Film Festival," 5 Sep. 2019 If the latter is true, then something practical is always a safe bet, but a gift card or pack of socks can feel hopelessly unimaginative—not to mention impersonal. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "21 Foolproof Father’s Day Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank," 29 May 2019 Their music is loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 But they were also disgruntled, playing on noncompetitive teams in unimaginative offenses. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders," 20 Aug. 2019 Then there’s head coach Bill O’Brien’s unimaginative play-calling. Max Meyer, SI.com, "AFC Teams That Are the Best Bets to Go Under Their Win Total," 9 Aug. 2019 Looking back, Hill said then-offensive coordinator Sylvester Croom’s unimaginative running game stymied the group’s production. Freep.com, "20 years ago, Barry Sanders retired and 'all hell broke loose'," 21 July 2019 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

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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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