visionary

You've got big ideas. Crazy ideas. But forward-thinking ideas — ideas that just might change the way the world works. You're considered a visionary.

Visionaries are ahead of their time, always thinking creatively. You could say that a visionary can envision what the future holds and come up with solutions that fit that picture. Those wild ideas aren't always met with appreciation though. Skeptics think that visionaries aren't grounded in reality. And usually the visionaries tell them to stop being so shortsighted!

Definitions of visionary
1

n a person with unusual powers of foresight

Synonyms:
illusionist, seer
Examples:
Cassandra
(Greek mythology) a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed
Michel de Notredame
French astrologer who wrote cryptic predictions whose interpretations are still being debated (1503-1566)
Types:
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anticipant, anticipator
one who anticipates
diviner
someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
fantast, futurist
someone who predicts the future
forecaster, predictor, prognosticator, soothsayer
someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
astrologer, astrologist
someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon
fortune teller, fortuneteller
a person who foretells your personal future
geomancer
one who practices geomancy
hydromancer
one who practices hydromancy
lithomancer
one who practices lithomancy
necromancer
one who practices divination by conjuring up the dead
oneiromancer
someone who divines through the interpretation of dreams
onomancer
one who practices onomancy
oracle, prophesier, prophet, seer, vaticinator
an authoritative person who divines the future
pyromancer
one who practices pyromancy
dowser, rhabdomancer, water witch
someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
Type of:
intellect, intellectual
a person who uses the mind creatively

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

Types:
dreamer, idealist
someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
Don Quixote
any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)
romantic
a soulful or amorous idealist
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

adj not practical or realizable; speculative

visionary schemes for getting rich”
Synonyms:
Laputan, airy, impractical, windy
utopian
characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection

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