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Examples of inimitable in a Sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Recent Examples of inimitable from the Web
Besides 69 movie credits all told and his inimitable stand-up routines (many for worthy causes), Williams acted on Broadway, garnered Grammys for his albums, and earned Emmys for his work on television.
And while last night’s party had to come to a close, those wanting to snag a piece of Korban’s inimitable style still have the chance to snap up one of the remaining condos on offer (starting price $1.8 million).
Has Musk, with his inimitable élon, gone from asset to liability?
This gallery showcases the inimitable durability and style of Alaska Native cultures.
And yet, for one pair of inimitable headphones, time really seems to have stood still for the past 34 years.
For one set, a single artist will play both roles: the inimitable Angel Marcloid, aka Fire-Toolz, performs to her own visuals.
Lucky The late Harry Dean Stanton could have received no better big-screen swan song than Lucky, a Western ode to the ravages of time, the mysteries of mortality, and the inimitable laid-back cool of its leading man.
Trump is an inimitable act, a set of flagrant contradictions that somehow hold together.
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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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