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[ih-nim-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪˈnɪm ɪ tə bəl/
incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation; matchless.
Origin of inimitable
From the Latin word inimitābilis, dating back to 1525-35. See in-3, imitable
Related forms
inimitability, inimitableness, noun
inimitably, adverb
Can be confused
inimical, inimitable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inimitably
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  • That's what Marian keeps before me; that's what papa himself, as I say, so inimitably does.

  • The Halfbreed was inimitably cool, his face was a perfect mask.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • There was never a town so inimitably drowsy or so sternly uncompetitive.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • How inimitably graceful children are before they learn to dance!

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • Some paper calls it inimitably droll, which I think rather nice.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Stokesay, which we have been to sketch, is inimitably picturesque.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • No: for M. Coquelin began to recite a prologue, inimitably phrased.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Her voice, her aspect, so inimitably tender and mournful, struck him to the heart.

  • She was inimitably dexterous and indefatigable in improving every occasion of innuendo.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • The woman was unhappy; the light in her dark eyes was inimitably sad.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for inimitably


incapable of being duplicated or imitated; unique
Derived Forms
inimitability, inimitableness, noun
inimitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inimitably



late 15c., from Latin inimitabilis "that cannot be imitated," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + imitabilis (see imitable). Related: Inimitably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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