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Visionary Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    visionary adj : not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich" [syn: airy, impractical, Laputan] n
  1. a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
  2. a person with unusual powers of foresight [syn: illusionist, seer]
Visionary Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Visionary \Vi"sion*a*ry\, a. [Cf. F. visionnaire.]
  1. Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions.
Visionary Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Visionary \Vi"sion*a*ry\, n.; pl. Visionaries.
  1. One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms.
  2. 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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Visionary'


Defined broadly, a visionary, is one who can envision the future. For some groups this can involve the supernatural or drugs.

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 Mohammed (who had a vision of and communed with the Angel Gabriel), St. Bernadette (who had a vision of and communed with the Blessed Virgin), and Joseph Smith (who had a vision of and communed with the Angel Moroni).

A vision can be political, religious, environmental, social, or technological in nature. By extension, a visionary can also be a person with a clear, distinctive and specific (in some details) vision of the future, usually connected with advances in technology or social/political arrangements. For example, Ted Nelson is referred to as a visionary in connection with the Internet.

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* The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others. - Friedrich Nietzsche

* The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. - Eric Hoffer


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