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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Conceived  in  the  fancy;  not  consistent  with  facts  or 
  reason;  abounding  in  ideal  qualities  or  figures;  as  a 
  fanciful  scheme;  a  fanciful  theory. 
 
  3.  Curiously  shaped  or  constructed;  as  she  wore  a  fanciful 
  headdress. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fanciful 
  adj  1:  indulging  in  or  influenced  by  fancy;  "a  fanciful  mind";  "all 
  the  notional  vagaries  of  childhood"  [syn:  {notional}] 
  2:  not  based  on  fact  dubious;  "the  falsehood  about  some 
  fanciful  secret  treaties"-  F.D.Roosevelt;  "a  small  child's 
  imaginary  friends";  "her  imagined  fame";  "to  create  a 
  notional  world  for  oneself"  [syn:  {imaginary},  {imagined}, 
  {notional}] 
  3:  having  a  curiously  intricate  quality;  "a  fanciful  pattern 
  with  intertwined  vines  and  flowers" 




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