Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by vision or foresight.
  • adjective Having the nature of fantasies or dreams; illusory.
  • adjective Existing in imagination only; imaginary.
  • adjective Characterized by or given to apparitions, prophecies, or revelations.
  • adjective Given to daydreams or reverie; dreamy.
  • adjective Not practicable or realizable; utopian.
  • adjective Tending to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form; idealistic.
  • noun One who is given to impractical or speculative ideas; a dreamer.
  • noun One who has visions; a seer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Apt to behold visions: of powerful and foreseeing imagination; imaginative; in a bad sense, apt to receive and act on mere fancies or whims as if they were realities; given to indulging in day-dreams, reveries, fanciful theories, or the like.
  • Of or pertaining to visions; of the nature of a vision or a product of the imagination; imaginary; in a bad sense, having no real basis; not founded on fact or possibility; impracticable; impossible: as, a visionary scheme.
  • Appropriate to or characterized by the appearance of visions.
  • Synonyms Imaginative, romantic.
  • Unreal, fancied, ideal, illusory, utopian, chimerical.
  • noun One who sees visions; one who lives in the imagination.
  • noun One who forms impracticable schemes; one who is given to idle and fanciful projects.
  • noun Synonyms Dreamer, enthusiast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms.
  • noun One whose imagination overpowers his reason and controls his judgment; an unpractical schemer; one who builds castles in the air; a daydreamer.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions.
  • adjective Affected by phantoms; disposed to receive impressions on the imagination; given to reverie; apt to receive, and act upon, fancies as if they were realities.
  • adjective Existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful; imaginary; having no solid foundation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having vision or foresight
  • adjective imaginary or illusory
  • adjective prophetic or revelatory
  • adjective idealistic or utopian
  • noun someone who has visions; a seer
  • noun an impractical dreamer
  • noun someone who has positive ideas about the future

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

  • adjective not practical or realizable; speculative
  • noun a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
  • noun a person with unusual powers of foresight

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

vision + -ary

Examples

  • The word visionary doesn't begin to scratch the surface.

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  • The word visionary doesn't begin to scratch the surface.

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  • DOBBS: The White House, says President Bush tonight, will announce what they call visionary proposals to deal with our illegal immigration and border security crises.

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  • And the bloodbath and stabilizing stages lead to what I call the visionary stage.

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  • Man, that's what I call visionary leadership. by Mike Brett - Mar 4th, 2009 @ 1: 22pm

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  • Put another way, a "visionary" is a social construction produced by a host of different and overlapping effects.

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  • And the possible firing of a director -- who has been called visionary by more than a few -- from a musical she has worked on for nine years.

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  • And the possible firing of a director -- who has been called visionary by more than a few -- from a musical she has worked on for nine years.

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  • And the possible firing of a director -- who has been called visionary by more than a few -- from a musical she has worked on for nine years.

    Cara Joy David: The Fall That Was

  • And the possible firing of a director -- who has been called visionary by more than a few -- from a musical she has worked on for nine years.

    Cara Joy David: The Fall That Was

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  • For some reason, this word is not allowed on Scrabble (Pogo)

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