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Examples of inimitable in a Sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Recent Examples of inimitable from the Web
The latter half of Friday offers the best lineup for any festival that day (slight shot at Pitchfork), beginning with the soon-to-be-extinguished Dillinger Escape Plan and wrapping up with hillbilly-horror hero Rob Zombie and the inimitable Kiss.
A master salesman, Trump has an inimitable ability to command attention, and that could be used to bolster Americans’ support for Republican efforts and ramp up pressure on wavering lawmakers.
There was the inimitable Little Beaver and the local mud wrestler known as Sweet Cheeks.
Putting a slight damper on things is Maggie Smith, who plays the inimitable Dowager Countess.
Nintendo has cleverly stripped the fighting game back to basics, and built it up again in its own inimitable style.
Grande’s statement got to the heart of the inimitable function a pop concert can serve in a world where teenage girls are consistently undermined, where their enthusiasm is dismissed as frivolity and their struggles dismissed as melodrama.
The difference is that the former can be learned or imposed, whereas the inventions of style are personal, spontaneous, inimitable, and unteachable.
The farewell that came shortly after the session’s opening provided something of a reminder of Burton’s legacy and his inimitable, if profane, style.
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How Should You Use inimitable?
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 centurySee Words from the same year
INIMITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inimitable for English Language Learners
: impossible to copy or imitate
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