Definition of visionary in English:

visionary

adjective

  • 1Thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.

    ‘a visionary leader’
    • ‘We keep saying that we are visionary world leaders, but our customers, for the most part, aren't buying it.’
    • ‘President Lyndon Johnson epitomized the alpha and omega of a leader's visionary determination.’
    • ‘When I spoke to one of the people behind this project, I was struck by its simplicity and by the visionary future paradigm that it is based on.’
    • ‘One of its founders, Professor Tony Robards, will explain how York's city leaders took bold and visionary steps to create a shared strategic vision, long before recent government initiatives.’
    • ‘Clearly the last chapters of Wilde's novel are not visionary glimpses of the future.’
    • ‘One expects them to be capable of imagining another, better future - a Utopian moment, a visionary book.’
    • ‘Pathology and pills don't offer a very visionary route to such imaginings.’
    • ‘It is not easy to paint a visionary future and also to chart the map that gets you there.’
    • ‘These two visionary leaders forged an enduring relationship that has weathered many challenges from the Cold War to the terrorism we face today.’
    • ‘The film is based around Isaac Asimov's visionary stories about future technology where robots are an integral part of our daily lives.’
    • ‘During the coming months, AMT will presents visionary articles from leaders on the future of the arts and music.’
    • ‘And that is why this ebullient, energetic and visionary leader suddenly became mute and reclusive.’
    • ‘The awards highlight projects that go beyond technical solutions to consider process, human behavior, and visionary city planning.’
    • ‘He hopes to see the gains achieved by the U.S. civil rights movement, and maybe even a vision of ideal universal equality, reflected in the visionary future of the Federation.’
    • ‘The strongest photographs in the show have a mysterious, iconic power that seems to unite a difficult present and a visionary future.’
    • ‘Guymun is well-known for her visionary insights and gifted storytelling.’
    • ‘The too-obvious answer is that clever, creative, visionary people are attracted to either the abstraction of art and literature or the practical innovation of science and technology.’
    • ‘Nor was it Neal Stephenson, the visionary science fiction writer who imagined a future transformed by nanotechnology in his 1995 novel The Diamond Age.’
    • ‘I would be much more comfortable for there to be an inspiring philosophy led by a visionary leader.’
    • ‘I marvelled at the imaginative energy of the Martian enterprise, at its visionary and dogged inventiveness.’
    inspired, imaginative, creative, inventive, insightful, ingenious, enterprising, innovative, perceptive, intuitive, far-sighted, prescient, discerning, penetrating, sharp, shrewd, wise, clever, talented, gifted, resourceful
    idealistic, idealized, utopian, romantic, quixotic, impractical, unrealistic, unworkable, unfeasible, out of touch with reality, fairy-tale, fanciful, dreamy, ivory-towered, theoretical, hypothetical
    starry-eyed, head-in-the-clouds
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    1. 1.1archaic (of a scheme or idea) not practical.
      • ‘‘These hypothetical, visionary schemes will only act to deter tenants from investing in their businesses,’ he said.’
      • ‘The book ends with an assault by the mob on Mr Chainmail's 12th-cent. castle, an ironic comment on the more visionary schemes to solve the troubles of the age of reform.’
  • 2Relating to or having the ability to see visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.

    ‘visionary dreams’
    • ‘Though it may seem disheartening to think that this amazing band was greatly a product of a master plan, try to think of it in terms of them being the product of a great idea, or the dreams of a visionary, because that is closer to the truth.’
    • ‘Both by the solitary nature of her visionary experience and by the ecclesiastical condemnation, Joan was an outsider.’
    • ‘Shortly after this visionary experience, Hurston describes perhaps the most traumatic moment of her childhood, the death of her mother.’
    • ‘Legend has it that the very structure of the Forbidden City was conceived in a dream by Yung-lo's tutor, a visionary monk.’
    • ‘This card asks you to be a visionary - to dream beyond current limitations.’
    • ‘The Angel's trumpet flower produces a narcotic scent used by South American shamans to induce visionary dreams.’
    • ‘The film incorporates graphic dream sequences and visionary effects.’
    • ‘His visionary experience also stands between the mystical and the metaphorical, rather than straightforwardly purporting to be supernatural as in the case of Yeats.’
    • ‘His interest in visionary experience, for example, can be traced back to early essays.’
    • ‘Somewhere between 432 and 460 a second visionary dream, in which the Irish people beseeched him to return, ignited his missionary zeal.’
    • ‘Eventually she must have fallen asleep, but all she remembered was her strange visionary dream.’
    • ‘Do your students have visionary dreams… which I like to call ‘Eddie Van Halen’ dreams?’
    • ‘For like the visionary nun, Claudia dreams extensively about Jesus' life.’
    • ‘According to Hamburger, the devotional image develops in order to record and provoke the visionary experience cultivated by the nuns and, to a point, imitated by the laity.’
    • ‘Through Helforth, we initially learn that geometric images represent Natalia's quest for visionary states of experience.’
    • ‘You don't have to be a particularly visionary or imaginative person to allow these tracks to generate the almost-hallucinatory feelings (we presume are) intended.’
    • ‘Hiller's art deals with the transcendental and the visionary, with dreams, trances, hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.’
    • ‘Astrobiology, the search for life's origins and its existence elsewhere in the universe, used to seem like a visionary dream.’
    • ‘Nor are visionary experiences induced, for example, by hallucinogenic drugs.’
    • ‘An early visionary experience aroused his faith in the supremacy of the Lotus Stra, and during his career he wrote two commentaries on it, one a general survey of its meaning, the other a line-by-line exegesis.’
    1. 2.1archaic Existing only in a vision or in the imagination.

noun

  • A person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like.

    ‘he is a visionary keen on policy-making’
    • ‘In fact, it was hardly noticed at first, beyond a few visionaries who invented the form, and started fooling around with it.’
    • ‘It's evident that Hanson is an idealist, albeit one with heavy support from corporate and academic visionaries.’
    • ‘From be-bop to jazz/rock fusion, he led the way, either by himself or in consort with a handful of other jazz visionaries.’
    • ‘As early as 1819, visionaries predicted cities would one day be lit by electricity.’
    • ‘In common with most visionaries he regrets that the rest of humankind has not had the stamina to keep pace with him.’
    • ‘Where are the visionaries who can change things?’
    • ‘One might wonder if this strikes a blow against grassroots visionaries hoping to overhaul city government.’
    • ‘To judge from the number of documents that land on my desk each week concerning politics, urban planning and architecture, this is truly an age of great visionaries.’
    • ‘They're not exactly visionaries looking to expand the genre.’
    • ‘The website boasts that ‘Freeness is the now, and tomorrow for future music visionaries.’’
    • ‘If one were to ask ten storage systems visionaries about the future, one would likely receive ten very divergent opinions.’
    • ‘What folks with political ambitions can do is, to start, be open to the Kings and Gandhis and lesser visionaries.’
    • ‘One of the visionaries behind the Ropewalk, Richard Hatfield, said he believed the development could breath more life into Barton.’
    • ‘We need more such hands-on visionaries for the future of York if we are to create and maintain a competitive position on the world stage.’
    • ‘Amongst them were those visionaries who also comprehended the links between science, technology, and economic growth.’
    • ‘The artists are the critics of culture and the visionaries that open up possibilities for the future.’
    • ‘She's written a book about space tourism, and talked to many of the visionaries behind the whole idea.’
    • ‘Instead of visionaries to lead the way, the game has suffered under the guidance of men motivated by self-interest.’
    • ‘The council could buy itself whatever future its visionaries saw fit.’
    • ‘Some science fiction visionaries would have you believe that we're going to live in an apocalyptic future where man is locked in an eternal struggle with the machine.’

Pronunciation:

visionary

/ˈvɪʒ(ə)n(ə)ri/