[ih-nim-i-tuh-buh l]


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

Examples from the Web for inimitably

Historical Examples of inimitably

  • That's what Marian keeps before me; that's what papa himself, as I say, so inimitably does.

  • The Halfbreed was inimitably cool, his face was a perfect mask.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • There was never a town so inimitably drowsy or so sternly uncompetitive.


    E. F. Benson

  • How inimitably graceful children are before they learn to dance!

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Some paper calls it inimitably droll, which I think rather nice.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for inimitably



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



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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