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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fan·ci·ful /ˈfæn(t)sɪfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fan·ci·ful a.
 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects.
 2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory.
 3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.
    Gather up all fancifullest shells.   --Keats.
 Syn: -- Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; fantastical; wild.
 Usage: -- Fanciful, Fantastical, Visionary. We speak of that as fanciful which is irregular in taste and judgment; we speak of it as fantastical when it becomes grotesque and extravagant as well as irregular; we speak of it as visionary when it is wholly unfounded in the nature of things. Fanciful notions are the product of a heated fancy, without any tems are made up of oddly assorted fancies, aften of the most whimsical kind; visionary expectations are those which can never be realized in fact.
 -- Fan*ci*ful*ly, adv. -Fan*ci*ful*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: indulging in or influenced by fancy; "a fanciful mind"; "all
             the notional vagaries of childhood" [syn: notional]
      2: not based on fact; dubious; "the falsehood about some
         fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's
         imaginary friends"; "her imagined fame"; "to create a
         notional world for oneself" [syn: imaginary, imagined,
      3: having a curiously intricate quality; "a fanciful pattern
         with intertwined vines and flowers"