Definition of imaginative in English:



  • Having or showing creativity or inventiveness.

    ‘making imaginative use of computer software’
    ‘he was imaginative beyond all other architects’
    • ‘This major celebration of cinematic creativity old and new has a host of imaginative programmes.’
    • ‘It doesn't look likely, and it doesn't take a great imaginative effort to see a double game being played.’
    • ‘Families can pencil in their vision of the future of York in an imaginative event at York Art Gallery this week.’
    • ‘Scott's really imaginative and creative and has a definite vision of what he wants his business to be.’
    • ‘Dry statistics are seen as destroying both the imaginative faculty and the human delight in invention.’
    • ‘Sadly, rising water levels now threaten this imaginative form of transport.’
    • ‘One county councillor believes a more imaginative approach could be used.’
    • ‘It did not work for a variety of reasons, but the appointment was imaginative and innovative.’
    • ‘That creative streak shows itself in some imaginative use of fashion and colour mixes.’
    • ‘It was a glimpse into his imaginative world and some of the sources of his creativity.’
    • ‘Can we have more imaginative and creative solutions to this problem rather than moans and groans?’
    • ‘He likes to take risks simply to make the business of imaginative invention more interesting.’
    • ‘In too few places are the arts being integrated in imaginative and inventive ways.’
    • ‘The choreography is stilted and clumsy and could have been a great deal more imaginative.’
    • ‘Her vision and her imaginative designs had created its appeal and there was no obvious successor.’
    • ‘Often his escape is imaginative, inspired by the music he hears on the radio.’
    • ‘Has Oxford provoked one of the most imaginative outbursts in music today?’
    • ‘When it comes to getting imaginative in the kitchen, sushi is about as creative as they come.’
    • ‘The proposal to create a new university is a bold and imaginative step.’
    • ‘For this shaping one must draw on imaginative insight into the motivation of the dramatis personae.’
    creative, visionary, inspired, insightful, inventive, resourceful, ingenious, enterprising
    original, innovative, innovatory, individual, unorthodox, unconventional, nonconformist, unusual, out of the ordinary, off-centre
    fanciful, whimsical
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