Fanciful Fan"ci*ful, a. 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects. [1913 Webster]

2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory. [1913 Webster]

3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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