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

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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Recent Examples on the Web With the exception of two flea-flickers, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s play-calling continues to be unimaginative and predictable. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Lions clean house Friday after embarrassing Thanksgiving loss?," 26 Nov. 2020 Considering the Vols follow an unimaginative offensive formula that usually involves running between the tackles on first and second down and then throwing on third-and-long, those are not good indicators. Christopher Smith, al, "Oddsmakers disrespecting Auburn vs. Tennessee," 17 Nov. 2020 Offensively, Pittsburgh seemed to lack consistency, particularly in an ugly first half in which the unit couldn't get the run game going and the passing game was unimaginative. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Steelers deny Lamar Jackson, Ravens in crunch time to stay undefeated," 1 Nov. 2020 The results have been far from unpromising, notwithstanding the fog machine of an unimaginative and conformist press. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Laptop Window on the Oligarchy," 20 Oct. 2020 In foreign policy, Alter acknowledges that the president was slow and unimaginative in responding to developments in Iran. Glenn C. Altschuler, Star Tribune, "Review: 'His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life,' by Jonathan Alter," 16 Oct. 2020 Gase's offense stalled and his play-calling were both unimaginative and uninspiring. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 2 winners and losers: Aaron Rodgers and Packers offense rolling, Falcons have historic collapse — again," 21 Sep. 2020 One frequent concern of this column is the persistent unimaginative unoriginality of the culture world, particularly today’s one-track, simple-minded politicization and division. Armond White, National Review, "What the Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ Means 50 Years Later," 19 Aug. 2020 Years of directionless prevaricating in London were compounded by a turgid, inflexible, and unimaginative diplomatic effort in Washington. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Who Won the Great Trump Diplomatic Game?," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unimaginative

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Unimaginative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimaginative. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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