[ im-i-tey-tiv ]
/ ˈɪm ɪˌteɪ tɪv /


imitating; copying; given to imitation.
of, relating to, or characterized by imitation.
Biology. mimetic.
made in imitation of something; counterfeit.

Origin of imitative

From the Late Latin word imitātīvus, dating back to 1575–85. See imitate, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for imitative


/ (ˈɪmɪtətɪv) /


imitating or tending to imitate or copy
characterized by imitation
copying or reproducing the features of an original, esp in an inferior mannerimitative painting
another word for onomatopoeic

Derived Forms

imitatively, adverbimitativeness, noun
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