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FANCIFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fanciful mean? 

FANCIFUL (adjective)
  The adjective FANCIFUL has 3 senses:

1. indulging in or influenced by fancy
2. not based on fact; dubious
3. having a curiously intricate quality

  Familiarity information: FANCIFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FANCIFUL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Indulging in or influenced by fancy

Synonyms:

fanciful; notional

Context examples:

a fanciful mind / all the notional vagaries of childhood

Similar:

creative; originative (having the ability or power to create)


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Meaning:

Not based on fact; dubious

Synonyms:

imaginary; imagined; notional; fanciful

Context examples:

the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties / a small child's imaginary friends / her imagined fame / to create a notional world for oneself

Similar:

unreal (lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria)


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Meaning:

Having a curiously intricate quality

Context example:

a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers

Similar:

fancy (not plain; decorative or ornamented)


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