Adjective "imaginary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Existing only in the imagination.
  1. 'There exist countless instances of the type, present and past, real and imaginary, actual and potential.'
  2. 'The view that dreams are merely the imaginary fulfilments of repressed wishes is hopelessly out of date.'
  3. 'This would mean that your imaginary satellite would need to be located out beyond all the planets, a dozen times as far away as Pluto.'
  4. 'To escape reality, I invented an imaginary world and began writing poetry.'
  5. 'It lies halfway between Orkney and Shetland on an imaginary line dividing the North Sea from the North Atlantic.'
  6. 'Fears of vote-tampering and vote suppression are far from exaggerated or imaginary.'
  7. 'The only saving grace is that most children take it for granted that spirits and the like are imaginary beings.'
  8. 'Don't get into obeying imaginary voices in your head or anything daft like that.'
  9. 'These fears are mainly imaginary, and most are born of a highly developed imagination gone astray.'
  10. 'Is an imaginary campaign manager really the worst political decision you've heard lately?'
(of a number or quantity) expressed in terms of the square root of a negative number (usually the square root of −1, represented by i or j).
  1. 'The idea is based on an ingenious use of the properties of imaginary numbers.'


1. existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied: an imaginary illness; the imaginary animals in the stories of Dr. Seuss. noun, plural imaginaries.

2. Mathematics. imaginary number.

More examples(as adjective)

"variables can be imaginary in initials."

"figures can be imaginary in initials."

"coshs can be imaginary in initials."

"times can be imaginary."

"lines can be imaginary."

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Late Middle English: from Latin imaginarius, from imago, imagin- ‘image’.