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[ im-i-tey-tiv ]


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


/ ˈɪmɪtətɪv /


  1. imitating or tending to imitate or copy
  2. characterized by imitation
  3. copying or reproducing the features of an original, esp in an inferior manner

    imitative painting

  4. another word for onomatopoeic
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈimitativeness, noun
  • ˈimitatively, adverb
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Other Words From

  • imi·tative·ly adverb
  • imi·tative·ness noun
  • non·imi·tative adjective
  • non·imi·tative·ly adverb
  • non·imi·tative·ness noun
  • over·imi·tative adjective
  • over·imi·tative·ly adverb
  • over·imi·tative·ness noun
  • pre·imi·tative adjective
  • un·imi·tative adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of imitative1

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

In just the past few years, creative AIs have expanded into style invention — into authorship that is individualized rather than imitative and that projects meaning and intentionality, even if none exists.

There’s a fine line between paying homage to a poet you admire and being overly imitative of that poet’s work.

I was afraid to tell my story directly, wanted to couch it in a fanciful (and imitative) yarn of sex and intrigue.

Yet we know that children are, to greater and lesser degrees, highly imitative of what they see.

The imitative impulse prompting to the production of the semblance of something appears very early in child-life.

In this imitative play we see from the first the artistic tendency to set forth what is characteristic in the things represented.

It is an imitative creature, and takes refuge up among the trees.

Reading is at once an imitative and an appreciative art on the part of the pupil.

Skeat thinks the word gog is “of imitative origin,” but it is more likely that goggle was originally Gog oeuil or Gog Eye.





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