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Examples of inimitable in a Sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Recent Examples of inimitable from the Web
Craft Wine and Beer is an inimitable imbibing experience, where provocative and often obscure wine, beer, cider and sake bottles from around the country and world can be consumed there or taken to go.
Self-Extinguishing Emission, out on local label Scrapes Recordings (brainchild of the inimitable Alex Barnett), is a full-scale plunge into cruelty and intimacy via the magical interplay of rhythm and droning noise.
Even the most valiant headbangers’ cries quickly dissolved, giving way to Araya’s inimitable, bloodcurdling roar.
His compositions and performances were inimitable, every note his own.
Housekeeping • This week’s podcast—we’ll call it a half-part Q and double-A—is with the inimitable Nick Bollettieri.
Princess Diana's style remains inimitable to this day, and that's why so many designers wanted to dress her throughout her life.
Rich and satisfying in the inimitable way of food that’s eaten a few yards from where it was grown, the sarmale and other dishes here are simple and hearty and, in many cases, organic by default.
On a larger scale, Hanyu would be one of the Games’ few inimitable figures, hailing from a country that vibrantly supports the fading sport of figure skating.
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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").
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INIMITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inimitable for English Language Learners
: impossible to copy or imitate
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