indulging in or influenced by fancy
"a fanciful mind"; "all the notional vagaries of childhood"
fanciful, imaginary, notional(adj)
not based on fact; unreal
"the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself"
having a curiously intricate quality
"a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is fanciful which is dictated or suggested by fancy independently of more serious considerations; the fantastic is the fanciful with the added elements of whimsicalness and extravagance. The fanciful swings away from the real or the ordinary lightly and pleasantly, the fantastic extravagantly, the grotesque ridiculously. A fanciful arrangement of objects is commonly pleasing, a fantastic arrangement is striking, a grotesque arrangement is laughable. A fanciful theory or suggestion may be clearly recognized as such; a visionary scheme is erroneously supposed to have a basis in fact. Compare synonyms for DREAM; IDEA; IMAGINATION.
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How to use fanciful in a sentence?
It is not the fanciful to think that ISIS may be assaulting some of those refugees with some of their operatives.
The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.
There was a declared war on coal, a war on fossil fuels, the EPA was weaponized against certain sectors of our economy and that’s not the role of a regulator. Renewables need to be part of our energy mix, but to think that will be the dominant fuel is simply fanciful.
Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
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- нереален, фантастиченBulgarian
- fantástico, imaginado, imaginarioSpanish
- kuvitteellinen, mielikuvituksellinenFinnish
- imaginaire, fantaisisteFrench
- képzeletbeli, furcsaHungarian
- fantasievol, denkbeeldig, fantastisch, verzonnenDutch
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