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Fanciful meaning

fanciful - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects.
  2. 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. 3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.

fanciful - examples of usage

  1. And so, in spite of all that I can do, These gold- bowed spectacles are growing blue; And my old heart must bear along the road A fanciful but rather heavy load; A painful pressure from a hand unseen: Most any one knows nearly what I mean.
  2. Old gentlemen get very fanciful." - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. His observation of the outward and visible appearances of things is accurate and vivid: there is often great ingenuity as well as a true apprehension of logical conditions in his processes of reasoning both from ideas and from phenomena: yet most of his conclusions as to the facts of Nature, which are not immediately perceptible to the senses, are mere fanciful explanations, indicating, indeed, a lively curiosity, but no real understanding of the true conditions of the enquiry. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
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