adjective vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\

: having or showing clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

: having or showing a powerful imagination

: of or relating to something that is seen or imagined in a dream or vision (sense 3)

Full Definition of VISIONARY

a :  of the nature of a vision :  illusory
b :  incapable of being realized or achieved :  utopian <a visionary scheme>
c :  existing only in imagination :  unreal
a :  able or likely to see visions
b :  disposed to reverie or imagining :  dreamy
:  of, relating to, or characterized by visions or the power of vision
:  having or marked by foresight and imagination <a visionary leader> <a visionary invention>
vi·sion·ar·i·ness \-ē-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of VISIONARY


Synonym Discussion of VISIONARY

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <an imaginary desert isle>. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <a teller of fanciful stories>. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <visionary schemes>. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <a fantastic world inhabited by monsters>. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <chimerical dreams of future progress>. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <a quixotic crusade>.

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

Rhymes with VISIONARY

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: a person who has clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future

: a person who has a powerful imagination

: a person who sees visions (sense 3)

plural visionar·ies

Full Definition of VISIONARY

:  one whose ideas or projects are impractical :  dreamer
:  one who sees visions :  seer
:  one having unusual foresight and imagination <a visionary in the computer industry>

First Known Use of VISIONARY


Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith
VISIONARY Defined for Kids


noun vi·sion·ary \ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē\
plural vi·sion·ar·ies

Definition of VISIONARY for Kids

:  a person who has an exceptional ability to plan or have ideas for the future


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