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Definitions for visionary
ˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr ivi·sion·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. visionarynoun

    a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible

  2. visionary, illusionist, seeradjective

    a person with unusual powers of foresight

  3. airy, impractical, visionary, Laputan, windyadjective

    not practical or realizable; speculative

    "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"


  1. visionarynoun

    someone who has visions; a seer

  2. visionarynoun

    an impractical dreamer

  3. visionarynoun

    someone who has positive ideas about the future

  4. visionaryadjective

    having vision or foresight

  5. visionaryadjective

    imaginary or illusory

  6. visionaryadjective

    prophetic or revelatory

  7. visionaryadjective

    idealistic or utopian

  8. Etymology: vision + -ary


  1. Visionary

    A visionary, defined broadly, is one who can envision the future. For some groups, this can involve the supernatural. The visionary state is achieved via meditation, lucid dreams, daydreams, or art. One example is Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century artist and Catholic saint. Other visionaries in religion are St Bernadette and Joseph Smith, said to have had visions of and communed with the Blessed Virgin and the Angel Moroni, respectively. There is also the case of Targum Jonathan, which was produced in the antiquity and served as the targum to the Nevi'im. It described the significance of the turban or a diadem to indicate a capability on the part of Jewish priests to become agents of visionary experience.


  1. visionary

    A visionary is a person who has the ability to foresee or imagine potential future developments, possibilities or advancements, often in relation to a specific field or discipline. This individual is typically innovative, creative, forward-thinking, and tends to plan or propose original ideas or solutions. Visionaries often have a strong sense of foresight, intuition, and an innovative perspective that allows them to see beyond the current reality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Visionaryadjective

    of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions

  2. Visionaryadjective

    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

  3. Visionaryadjective

    existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful; imaginary; having no solid foundation; as, visionary prospect; a visionary scheme or project

  4. Visionarynoun

    one whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms

  5. Visionarynoun

    one whose imagination overpowers his reason and controls his judgment; an unpractical schemer; one who builds castles in the air; a daydreamer


  1. Visionary

    Defined broadly, a visionary, is one who can envision the future. For some groups this can involve the supernatural The visionary state is achieved via meditation, drugs, lucid dreams, daydreams, or art. One example is Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century artist/visionary and Catholic saint. Other visionaries in religion are St Bernadette and Joseph Smith.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. visionary

    1. One who hacks vision, in the sense of an Artificial Intelligence researcher working on the problem of getting computers to ‘see’ things using TV cameras. (There isn't any problem in sending information from a TV camera to a computer. The problem is, how can the computer be programmed to make use of the camera information? See SMOP, AI-complete.) 2. [IBM] One who reads the outside literature. At IBM, apparently, such a penchant is viewed with awe and wonder.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of visionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of visionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of visionary in a Sentence

  1. Hoonigan Racing:

    Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband, he will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.

  2. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    This is historic, this is grand, this is visionary, this is about peace. Some of our members are saying this is the first time since I've been here I've been able to vote for peace rather than against war.

  3. Michael Finneran:

    This is a visionary concept that is not being proposed for funding as a mission, if at some point NASA decided to fund a human mission to Venus, many concepts would be examined over a period of time before one was selected.

  4. Dan Coats:

    It has been a privilege serving with Sue Gordon to lead the ODNI and Intelligence Community over these past two years. Sue Gordon is a visionary leader who has made an enormous impact on the IC over the more than three decades Sue Gordon has served, i have had the pleasure of working with Joseph Maguire as part of my leadership team at ODNI, and I am pleased that the President has announced that Joe will serve as Acting DNI. Joe has had a long, distinguished career serving the nation and will lead the men and women in the IC with distinction.

  5. Steve Scalise:

    The budget's always a visionary document, but it's also a unifying document.

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  • حالمArabic
  • vizionářCzech
  • Idealist, ideal, hellseherisch, Fantast, Träumer, Träumerin, Visionärin, visionär, seherisch, unwirklichGerman
  • viziuloEsperanto
  • ilusorio, idealista, visionarioSpanish
  • utopistinen, näkemyksellinen, näkijä, haaveilija, visionäärinen, visionääri, kuvitteellinen, ilmestyksellinen, ihanteellinen, idealistinen, profeetallinenFinnish
  • prospectiviste, visionnaireFrench
  • taibhsearScottish Gaelic
  • काल्पनिकHindi
  • visionerIndonesian
  • ideale, illusorio, immaginario, lungimirante, visionario, chiaroveggente, veggenteItalian
  • 공상가Korean
  • idealistisch, helderziende, onwerkelijk, onverwezenlijkbaar, idealist, onrealistisch, dromer, ingebeeld, denkbeeldig, fantast, visionair, utopisch, fantastischDutch
  • vizionarRomanian
  • мечтатель, идеалистRussian
  • visionärSwedish
  • தொலைநோக்குTamil
  • vizyonerTurkish
  • بصیرتUrdu
  • jivisionan, visionan, hivisionanVolapük
  • 有遠見的Chinese

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