imitative

adjective im·i·ta·tive \ ˈi-mə-ˌtā-tiv , especially British -tə-tiv \

Definition of imitative

1 a :marked by imitation
  • acting is an imitative art
b :reproducing or representing a natural sound :onomatopoeic
  • "hiss" is an imitative word
c :exhibiting mimicry
2 :inclined to imitate
3 :imitating something superior :counterfeit

imitatively

adverb

imitativeness

noun

Examples of imitative in a Sentence

  1. The architecture is imitative of a Japanese temple.

  2. your writing style tends to be imitative of whichever author you've recently read

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First Known Use of imitative

1584


IMITATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

imitative

adjective

Definition of imitative for English Language Learners

  • : made or done to be like something or someone else


IMITATIVE Defined for Kids

imitative

adjective im·i·ta·tive \ ˈi-mə-ˌtā-tiv \

Definition of imitative for Students

:made or done to be like something or someone else
  • imitative sounds


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