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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination.
  • adj. Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
  • adj. Tending to indulge in the fanciful or in make-believe.
  • adj. Having no truth; false.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a lively or creative imagination
  • adj. tending to be fanciful or inventive
  • adj. false or imagined

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Proceeding from, and characterized by, the imagination, generally in the highest sense of the word.
  • adj. Given to imagining; full of images, fancies, etc.; having a quick imagination; conceptive; creative.
  • adj. Unreasonably suspicious; jealous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forming images; endowed with imagination; given to imagining: as, the imaginative faculty; an imaginative person.
  • Characterized by or resulting from imagination; exhibiting or indicating the faculty of imagination.
  • Inquisitive; suspicious; jealous.
  • Synonyms Inventive, creative, poetical. See imaginary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action

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  • [imaginative:
    Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination.
    Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity. Tending to indulge in the fanciful or in make-believe.

    April 17, 2011