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visionary

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adjective vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of visionary

  1. 1 a :  of the nature of a vision :  illusory b :  incapable of being realized or achieved :  utopian <a visionary scheme> c :  existing only in imagination :  unreal

  2. 2 a :  able or likely to see visions b :  disposed to reverie or imagining :  dreamy

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or characterized by visions or the power of vision

  4. 4 :  having or marked by foresight and imagination <a visionary leader> <a visionary invention>

visionariness

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Examples of visionary in a sentence

  1. She is known as a visionary leader.

  2. He had a visionary experience.

Did You Know?

A visionary is someone with a strong vision of the future. Since such visions aren't always accurate, a visionary's ideas may either work brilliantly or fail miserably. Even so, visionary is usually a positive word. Martin Luther King, Jr., for instance, was a visionary in his hopes and ideas for a just society. The word is also an adjective; thus, for example, we may speak of a visionary project, a visionary leader, a visionary painter, or a visionary company.

1648

First Known Use of visionary

1648

Synonym Discussion of visionary

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <an imaginary desert isle>. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <a teller of fanciful stories>. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <visionary schemes>. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <a fantastic world inhabited by monsters>. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <chimerical dreams of future progress>. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <a quixotic crusade>.

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visionary

noun vi·sion·ary

Definition of visionary

plural

visionaries

  1. 1 :  one whose ideas or projects are impractical :  dreamer

  2. 2 :  one who sees visions :  seer

  3. 3 :  one having unusual foresight and imagination <a visionary in the computer industry>

Examples of visionary in a sentence

  1. She's a visionary in her field.

  2. <according to Greek myth, Cassandra was a visionary who was endowed with the gift of inerrant prophecy but fated to never be believed>

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First Known Use of visionary

1702


VISIONARY Defined for English Language Learners

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visionary

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adjective vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of visionary for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

  • : having or showing a powerful imagination

  • : of or relating to something that is seen or imagined in a dream or vision (sense 3)


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visionary

noun vi·sion·ary

Definition of visionary for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

  • : a person who has a powerful imagination

  • : a person who sees visions (sense 3)


VISIONARY Defined for Kids

visionary

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noun vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of visionary for Students

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visionaries

  1. :  a person who has an exceptional ability to plan or have ideas for the future



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