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Examples of inimitable in a sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Did You Know?
Something that is inimitable is, literally, not able to be imitated. In actual usage the word describes things so uniquely extraordinary as to not be copied or equaled, which is why you often hear it used to praise outstanding talents or performances. (The antonym "imitable" describes things that are common or ordinary and could easily be replicated or surpassed.) Inimitable derives via Middle English from Latin inimitabilis. Be careful not to confuse it with "inimical" or "inimicable," two adjectives meaning hostile or harmful; those words derive from the same Latin root that gave us "enemy" ("inimicus").
Origin and Etymology of inimitable
Middle English, from Latin inimitabilis, from in- + imitabilis imitable
First Known Use: 15th century
INIMITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inimitable for English Language Learners
: impossible to copy or imitate
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