Synonyms and Antonyms of imitative

  1. 1 using or marked by the use of something else as a basis or model your writing style tends to be imitative of whichever author you've recently read Synonyms apish, canned, emulative, epigonic (or epigonous), formulaic, mimetic, mimic, slavish, unoriginal Related Words copied, cribbed, plagiarized; artificial, bogus, factitious, fake, false, imitation, man-made, mock, sham, simulated, substitute, synthetic; duplicated, photocopied, reduplicated, reproduced, transcribed; backup; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading; cut-and-dried (also cut-and-dry), perfunctory, routine, uninspired Near Antonyms authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; genuine, natural, real; classic, ideal, model Antonyms archetypal (also archetypical), original

  2. 2 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials an imitative extract never has the flavor of the real thing Synonyms artificial, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, pretend, sham, simulated, substitute, syntheticRelated Words cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spuriousNear Antonyms authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulteratedAntonyms genuine, natural, real

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