imitative

[im-i-tey-tiv]
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adjective

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
Related formsim·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbim·i·ta·tive·ness, nounnon·im·i·ta·tive, adjectivenon·im·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·im·i·ta·tive·ness, nouno·ver·im·i·ta·tive, adjectiveo·ver·im·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·im·i·ta·tive·ness, nounpre·im·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·im·i·ta·tive, adjective
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imitative

adjective

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 Formsimitatively, adverbimitativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imitativeness

imitative

adj.

1580s, probably from imitate + -ive; or else from Middle French imitatif, from Late Latin imitativus, from imitat-, stem of imitari.

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