[ 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 formsin·im·i·ta·bil·i·ty, in·im·i·ta·ble·ness, nounin·im·i·ta·bly, adverb
Can be confusedinimical inimitable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inimitable


/ (ɪˈnɪmɪtəbəl) /


incapable of being duplicated or imitated; unique
Derived Formsinimitability or inimitableness, nouninimitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inimitable



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

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