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chimerical (adj) (of schemes, ideas, plans, etc.) highly fanciful, very imaginary, and not really possible.

If you think that someone's projects, plans, ideas, etc., can never become a reality, will never be practicable, you think that those plans are chimerical. For example, if anyone thinks of bringing President George Bush and Bin Laden to the conference table, such an idea can only be chimerical, because that is not possible and highly improbable. The hope of changing every shining stone into a diamond, and lead and other such metals into gold can only be called chimerical, because such things cannot happen and are fancifully improbable.

  • His chimerical idea of linking the major rivers of every continent made him a laughing stock, as people could not see how it was feasible.
  • There are some who do strongly think that the idea of lasting world peace is chimerical, only to be hoped for, and never realized. For, in their opinion, as long as people continue to be selfish, hostilities will never end.
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