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Meaning of FANCIFUL

Pronunciation:  'fansiful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  indulging in or influenced by fancy; "a fanciful mind"; "all the notional vagaries of childhood"
  2. [adj]  having a curiously intricate quality; "a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"
  3. [adj]  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 is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: creative, fancy, imaginary, imagined, notional, originative, unreal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fan"ci*ful\, a.
1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and
   experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary

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

         Gather up all fancifullest shells.    --Keats.

Syn: Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical;
     whimsical; fantastical; wild.

Usage: {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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