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imitable

[im-i-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable or worthy of being imitated: She has many good, imitable qualities.
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Origin of imitable

1540–50; < Latin imitābilis, equivalent to imitā(rī) to imitate + -bilis -ble
Related formsim·i·ta·bil·i·ty, im·i·ta·ble·ness, nounnon·im·i·ta·bil·i·ty, nounnon·im·i·ta·ble, adjectiveun·im·i·ta·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • God's procedure when imitable forms a peculiar argument for duty.

    The Ordinance of Covenanting

    John Cunningham

  • It was held by all indeed to be wonderful, but not imitable.

  • It is not for us here to say how much of the admirable, or the imitable there may be in the method.

    Christmas Evans

    Paxton Hood

  • The writing which appears to be most easy, will be generally found to be least imitable.

  • Some are much more striking personally and imitable, so to speak.

    A Book of Exposition

    Homer Heath Nugent


Word Origin and History for imitable

adj.

from French imitable (16c.), from Latin imitabilis "that may be imitated," from imitari (see imitation). Related: Imitability.

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