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Definition of "fanciful" []

  • Created in the fancy; unreal: a fanciful story. (adjective)
  • Tending to indulge in fancy: a fanciful mind. (adjective)
  • Showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative. See Synonyms at fantastic. (adjective)
  • Not based on fact; dubious or imaginary (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way (adjective)
  • Indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical (adjective)

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Use "fanciful" in a sentence
  • "Or a place in which the fanciful is allowed to commingle with reality."
  • "And she saw that Pitt, while he was enthusiastic and eager, and what she called fanciful, always was true, honest, and firm in what he thought right."
  • "My husband was no believer in what he termed my fanciful, speculative theories; yet at the time when his youngest boy and myself lay dangerously ill, and hardly expected to live, I received from him a letter, written in great haste, which commenced with this sentence:"