Definition of visionary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈviZHəˌnerē/


1(Especially of a person) thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom: a visionary leader
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  • The film is based around Isaac Asimov's visionary stories about future technology where robots are an integral part of our daily lives.
  • I marvelled at the imaginative energy of the Martian enterprise, at its visionary and dogged inventiveness.
  • He hopes to see the gains achieved by the U.S. civil rights movement, and maybe even a vision of ideal universal equality, reflected in the visionary future of the Federation.
inspired, imaginative, creative, inventive, ingenious, enterprising, innovative;
insightful, perceptive, intuitive, prescient, discerning, shrewd, wise, clever, resourceful;
idealistic, romantic, quixotic, dreamy
informal starry-eyed
1.1 archaic (Of a scheme or idea) not practical.
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  • The book ends with an assault by the mob on Mr Chainmail's 12th-cent. castle, an ironic comment on the more visionary schemes to solve the troubles of the age of reform.
  • ‘These hypothetical, visionary schemes will only act to deter tenants from investing in their businesses,’ he said.
2Relating to or able to see visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition: a visionary experience
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  • Somewhere between 432 and 460 a second visionary dream, in which the Irish people beseeched him to return, ignited his missionary zeal.
  • Astrobiology, the search for life's origins and its existence elsewhere in the universe, used to seem like a visionary dream.
  • Hiller's art deals with the transcendental and the visionary, with dreams, trances, hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.
2.1 archaic Existing only in a vision or in the imagination.

noun (plural visionaries)

A person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like.
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  • The website boasts that ‘Freeness is the now, and tomorrow for future music visionaries.’
  • She's written a book about space tourism, and talked to many of the visionaries behind the whole idea.
  • We need more such hands-on visionaries for the future of York if we are to create and maintain a competitive position on the world stage.



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  • But this was not enough for him; he is a visionary painter, and in his visionariness he resembles Dante.
  • Better to look elsewhere - for instance, at the tourism sector and the degree of cultural visionariness to be found there.
  • America experienced a dark conservative revival - people turned cynical, selfish, and misanthropic as visionariness turned to graspingness.

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Syllabification: vi·sion·ar·y

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