Imagination



[ih-maj-uh-ney-shuh n] /ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the faculty of , or of forming mental or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
2.
the action or process of forming such or concepts.
3.
the faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative .
Compare (def 2).
4.
the product of ; a conception or mental creation, often a baseless or fanciful one.
5.
ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness:
a job that requires imagination.
6.
Psychology. the power of reproducing stored in the memory under the suggestion of associated (reproductive imagination) or of recombining former experiences in the creation of new directed at a specific goal or aiding in the solution of problems (creative imagination)
7.
(in Kantian epistemology) synthesis of data from the sensory manifold into objects by means of the categories.
8.
Archaic. a plan, scheme, or plot.
/ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced
2.
mental creative ability
3.
the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc
4.
(in romantic literary criticism, esp that of S. T. Coleridge) a creative act of perception that joins passive and active elements in thinking and imposes unity on the poetic material Compare fancy (sense 9)
n.

“faculty of the mind which forms and manipulates images,” mid-14c., ymaginacion, from Old French imaginacion “concept, mental picture; hallucination,” from Latin imaginationem (nominative imaginatio) “imagination, a fancy,” noun of action from past participle stem of imaginari (see imagine).
see: figment of one’s imagination

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