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fanciful
WordNet 2.0
  • indulging in or influenced by fancy
  • "a fanciful mind"
  • "all the notional vagaries of childhood"
  • having a curiously intricate quality
  • "a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"
  • not based on fact
  • dubious
  • "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt
  • "a small child''s imaginary friends"
  • "her imagined fame"
  • "to create a notional world for oneself"
fanciful
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects.

    2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory.

    3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.

    "Gather up all fancifullest shells." -- Keats.

    Syn. -- Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; fantastical; wild. -- Fanciful, Fantastical, Visionary. We speak of that as fanciful which is irregular in taste and judgment; we speak of it as fantastical when it becomes grotesque and extravagant as well as irregular; we speak of it as visionary when it is wholly unfounded in the nature of things. Fanciful notions are the product of a heated fancy, without any tems are made up of oddly assorted fancies, aften of the most whimsical kind; visionary expectations are those which can never be realized in fact.

    -- Fan"ci*ful*ly, adv. - Fan"ci*ful*ness, n.

 

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