[ im-i-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˈɪm ɪ tə bəl /


capable or worthy of being imitated: She has many good, imitable qualities.

Nearby words

  1. iminoglycinuria,
  2. iminourea,
  3. imipramine,
  4. imipramine hydrochloride,
  5. imit.,
  6. imitate,
  7. imitation,
  8. imitation doublet,
  9. imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
  10. imitative

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imitability

  • Here, perhaps, we may find our profit in applying a test suggested by Lowell—the test of imitability.

    Inquiries and Opinions|Brander Matthews

Word Origin and History for imitability



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper