# Dictionary Definition

imaginary adj : 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: fanciful, imagined, notional]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Pronunciation

### Adjective

imaginary- that exists only in the imagination
- of, or being the imaginary part of a complex number

#### Translations

existing in imagination

- Finnish: kuvitteellinen, imaginaarinen, imaginaari- (in compounds)
- Swedish: imaginär

the non-real part of a complex number

- Czech: imaginární
- Finnish: imaginaarinen, imaginaari- (in compounds)
- Swedish: imaginär

# Extensive Definition

Imaginary can refer to:

- Imaginary (sociology), a concept in sociology
- Imaginary number, a concept in mathematics
- Imaginary time, a concept in physics
- Imagination, a mental faculty
- Object of the mind, an object of the imagination
- Imaginary enemy
- Imaginary friend
- Imaginary Records, a record label

## The Arts

- "Imaginary" (song), a song by Evanescence
- The Imaginary (Sartre), a philosophical work by Jean-Paul Sartre

## See also

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Barmecidal, Barmecide, abstract, air-built, airy, algorismic, algorithmic, aliquot, apparent, apparitional, autistic, cardinal, chimeric, chimerical, cloud-built,
deceptive, decimal, delusional, delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, differential, digital, dreamlike, dreamy, erroneous, ethereal, even, exponential, fallacious, false, fancied, fanciful, fantastic, fatuitous, fatuous, fictional, fictitious, fictive, figmental, figural, figurate, figurative, finite, fractional, gaseous, gossamery, hallucinatory, hypothetical, ideal, illusional, illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginational, imaginative, imagined, immaterial, impair, impossible, infinite, integral, irrational, legendary, logarithmic, logometric, made-up, merely
nominal, misleading,
mythic, mythical, mythological, negative, nonexistent, not real,
notional, numeral, numerary, numerative, numeric, odd, ordinal, ostensible, pair, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, phantomlike, positive, possible, prime, quixotic, radical, rarefied, rational, real, reciprocal, seeming, self-deceptive,
self-deluding, shadowy,
specious, spectral, spirituous, submultiple, subtile, subtle, supposititious, surd, tenuous, transcendental, unactual, unfounded, unreal, unrealistic, unsubstantial, untrue, vaporous, visional, visionary, windy