imitative

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

Definition of imitative 

1a : 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

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Other Words from imitative

imitatively adverb
imitativeness noun

Examples of imitative in a Sentence

The architecture is imitative of a Japanese temple. your writing style tends to be imitative of whichever author you've recently read

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The third movement’s opening is announced by Minimalist harp figures and muted tones — suggestive of jazz, but not imitative — in the brasses. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: The New York Philharmonic Gets Audacious, With Ease," 10 June 2018 The KidsMatter’s imitative ParentsMatterToo also provides a multitude of videos offering parents advice on a variety of childhood issues. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "See something, say something a rule for parents, too, when it comes to school threats, experts say," 15 May 2018 So too did the artists bring out the Mendelssohnian grace of the allegro molto from Opus 8, the imitative figures bouncing from one instrument to the next. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Yo-Yo Ma and friends prove their mastery in Brahms; MOB ventures rare Handel oratorio," 28 Feb. 2018 In February, the council directed staff to collaborate with legal service providers and launch a coordinated imitative to provide access to legal representation to Santa Ana residents at risk of removal who cannot afford an attorney. Jessica Kwong, Orange County Register, "Santa Ana wants to create legal defense fund for immigration detainees facing deportation," 17 May 2017 Instead, the lamp’s popularity in offices, libraries and homes gave rise to several rip-offs, some with names as brazenly imitative as Verdelite and... Tim Gavan, WSJ, "The Classic Banker’s Desk Lamp, Updated for 2017," 23 Feb. 2017 Burroughs was interrogating the universe with scissors and a paste pot, and the least imitative of authors was no plagiarist at all. William Gibson, WIRED, "God’s Little Toys," 1 July 2005

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First Known Use of imitative

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for imitative

borrowed from Late Latin imitātīvus, from Latin imitātus, past participle of imitārī "to follow as a pattern, imitate" + -īvus -ive

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More Definitions for imitative

imitative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imitative

: made or done to be like something or someone else

imitative

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

Kids Definition of imitative

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

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