Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by vision or foresight.
  • adj. Having the nature of fantasies or dreams; illusory.
  • adj. Existing in imagination only; imaginary.
  • adj. Characterized by or given to apparitions, prophecies, or revelations.
  • adj. Given to daydreams or reverie; dreamy.
  • adj. Not practicable or realizable; utopian: visionary schemes for getting rich.
  • adj. Tending to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form; idealistic.
  • n. One who is given to impractical or speculative ideas; a dreamer.
  • n. One who has visions; a seer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having vision or foresight
  • adj. imaginary or illusory
  • adj. prophetic or revelatory
  • adj. idealistic or utopian
  • n. someone who has visions; a seer
  • n. an impractical dreamer
  • n. someone who has positive ideas about the future

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions.
  • adj. Affected by phantoms; disposed to receive impressions on the imagination; given to reverie; apt to receive, and act upon, fancies as if they were realities.
  • adj. Existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful; imaginary; having no solid foundation.
  • n. One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms.
  • n. One whose imagination overpowers his reason and controls his judgment; an unpractical schemer; one who builds castles in the air; a daydreamer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to behold visions: of powerful and foreseeing imagination; imaginative; in a bad sense, apt to receive and act on mere fancies or whims as if they were realities; given to indulging in day-dreams, reveries, fanciful theories, or the like.
  • Of or pertaining to visions; of the nature of a vision or a product of the imagination; imaginary; in a bad sense, having no real basis; not founded on fact or possibility; impracticable; impossible: as, a visionary scheme.
  • Appropriate to or characterized by the appearance of visions.
  • Synonyms Imaginative, romantic.
  • Unreal, fancied, ideal, illusory, utopian, chimerical.
  • n. One who sees visions; one who lives in the imagination.
  • n. One who forms impracticable schemes; one who is given to idle and fanciful projects.
  • n. Synonyms Dreamer, enthusiast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not practical or realizable; speculative
  • n. a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
  • n. a person with unusual powers of foresight

Etymologies

vision + -ary (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • For some reason, this word is not allowed on Scrabble (Pogo)

    August 16, 2010