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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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Indulging in or influenced by fancy


fanciful; notional

Context examples:

a fanciful mind / all the notional vagaries of childhood


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

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Not based on fact; dubious


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


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

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Having a curiously intricate quality

Context example:

a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers


fancy (not plain; decorative or ornamented)

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