• WordNet 3.6
    • adj visionary not practical or realizable; speculative "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement","visionary schemes for getting rich"
    • n visionary a person with unusual powers of foresight
    • n visionary a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Visionary 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. "Or lull to rest the visionary maid."
    • Visionary Existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful; imaginary; having no solid foundation; as, visionary prospect; a visionary scheme or project.
    • Visionary Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions. "The visionary hour
      When musing midnight reigns."
    • Visionary One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms.
    • Visionary One whose imagination overpowers his reason and controls his judgment; an unpractical schemer; one who builds castles in the air; a daydreamer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • visionary 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.
    • visionary 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.
    • visionary Appropriate to or characterized by the appearance of visions.
    • visionary Synonyms Imaginative, romantic.
    • visionary Unreal, fancied, ideal, illusory, utopian, chimerical.
    • n visionary One who sees visions; one who lives in the imagination.
    • n visionary One who forms impracticable schemes; one who is given to idle and fanciful projects.
    • n visionary Synonyms Dreamer, enthusiast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Visionary affected by visions: apt to see visions, imaginative: existing in imagination only: not real
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  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. visionnaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. visio, visionisvidēre, visum, to see; cf. Gr. idein, Eng. wit.


In literature:

Utopian, a. chimerical, visionary, fanciful, air-built.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
But St. Teresa he placed among the highest writers, among the great visionaries.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
The very idea of a fixed income is as distasteful to him as the possibility of possessing it is distant and visionary.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
The latter part of the proposal was purely visionary.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
These tales, of course, I regarded as visionary.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
As yet nature is but half awake, and familiar objects appear visionary.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Doctrinaires and visionaries may shudder at it.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
The recent history of Christianity in Japan supplies many striking instances of visionary plans and visionary enthusiasts.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
She longed for her white-washed prison-cell, for its hardness, its nakedness, its quiet, its visionary peace.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
A visionary is born with an additional sense of sight.
"The Visionary" by Jonas Lie

In poetry:

Though babbling only to the Vale,
Of Sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.
"To The Cuckoo" by William Wordsworth
"Be led, from out the cloudy dreams
Of thy too visionary part,
To listen to the whispering heart,
And curb thine own extremes.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Sylvia (singing). Sweet Solitude, thou placid queen
Of modest air, and brow serene!
'Tis thou inspirest the Sage's themes;
The poet's visionary dreams.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
"When sleep was in the summer air,
And stars looked down on Paradise,
And palms and cedars answered fair
The visionary night-wind's sighs,
And murmuring prayer:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Now sportive Fancy did her eye-lids close,
And Memory brought the happy past to view;
A group of visionary friends arose,
And in a dance confus'd around her drew.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
When plung'd in visionary woes,
What joy the waking hour bestows,
When clasp'd in Friendship's fond embrace,
And gazing on the long-known face,
She gently wipes the falling tear,
Prepar'd to wet her shadowy bier!
"To Sleep" by Maria Logan

In news:

President Bush called Carlos Gutierrez a "visionary" and said he began his career as a delivery man for Kellogg Co. By Richard Benedetto and Del Jones, USA TODAY.
When computer visionary Steve Jobs died Wednesday, many people felt a sense of personal loss for the Apple co-founder and former CEO.
Tech visionary Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple yesterday after 14 years at the helm of the company he co-founded in his California garage in 1976 then rescued from near-collapse some 20 years later.
Monticello's vegetable garden is a monument to organic growing methods pioneered by a visionary.
It takes more than a visionary eye for style to turn a fashion designer into a blockbuster brand.
Smart sound, garage visionaries, and pop with a problem.
Once seen as a visionary, Cowboys' Jerry Jones could become victim of ' ego and excesses.
Jerry's in danger of becoming Al Davis, a guy once thought to be a visionary who became a victim of his own ego and excesses.
In a Q&A after receiving the L.A. Press Club's Visionary Award, the star says the role, in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," was "too mean.".
I think that we have a great new visionary with Mark Zuckerberg.
Michele Wylen has an ambitious, visionary style that's unlike anything in Portland.
Coin Harvey was a quirky visionary and a fantastic promoter who had many bizarre ideas and always thought on a grand scale.
JAMES MARTIN IS something of a visionary.
A too-brief encounter with the grand old man of science-fiction visionaries.
(R) In this highly anticipated prequel to the original ALIEN film from 1979, visionary director Ridley Scott ( Blade Runner, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise ) returns with another epic space-faring trek.

In science:

The idea that quantum systems might be able to process information fundamentally more efficiently than our everyday classical computers arose over twenty years ago from visionary scientists such as Feynman (1982) and David Deutsch (1985).
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
One can probably say that physicists have been among the pioneers calling for new approaches in economics [81, 87, 143–147]. A particularly visionary book beside Wolfgan g Weidlich’s work was the “Introduction to Quantitative Aspects of Social Phenomena ” by Elliott W.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
What makes FuturICT visionary? FuturICT aims at defining the Global Systems Science needed to address the most pressing social, financial, economic, and political challenges more successfully.
The development of a visionary, information platform, integrating insights from social sciences, complexity theory and computer scientists.
The virial mass estimates of galaxy clusters received a definitive confirmation through the gravitational lensing analyses (see, e.g., Fort & Mellier167 ), just as predicted by a visionary Fritz Zwicky some 60 years earlier.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters