1 (often foll. by of) imitating; following a model or example.
3 of a word: a that reproduces a natural sound (e.g. fizz). b whose sound is thought to correspond to the appearance etc. of the object or action described (e.g. blob).
Phrases and idioms:
imitative arts painting and sculpture.
imitatively adv. imitativeness n.
Etymology: LL imitativus (as IMITATE)
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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Imitative — Im i*ta*tive, a. [L. imitavitus: cf. F. imitatif.] 1. Inclined to imitate, copy, or follow; imitating; exhibiting some of the qualities or characteristics of a pattern or model; dependent on example; not original; as, man is an imitative being;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Imitative — Im i*ta*tive, n. (Gram.) A verb expressive of imitation or resemblance. [R.] [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
imitative — index artificial, derivative, imitation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
imitative — (adj.) 1580s, probably from IMITATE (Cf. imitate) + IVE (Cf. ive); or else from M.Fr. imitatif, from L.L. imitativus, from imitat , stem of imitari … Etymology dictionary
imitative — [adj] simulated, unoriginal artful, copied, copycat, copying, counterfeit, deceptive, derivative, echoic, emulative, emulous, following, forged, mimetic, mimic, mimicking, mock, onomatopoeic, parrot*, plagiarized, pseudo*, put on*, reflecting,… … New thesaurus
imitative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) following a model. 2) (of a word) reproducing a natural sound (e.g. fizz) or pronounced in a way thought to correspond to the appearance or character of the object or action described (e.g. blob). DERIVATIVES imitatively adverb … English terms dictionary
imitative — [im′i tāt΄iv; ] also [, im′i tə tiv΄] adj. [LL imitativus] 1. formed from a model; reproducing the qualities of an original or another 2. given to imitating; inclined to imitate others 3. not genuine or real; imitation 4. approximating in sound… … English World dictionary
imitative — adjective Date: 1584 1. a. marked by imitation < acting is an imitative art > b. reproducing or representing a natural sound ; onomatopoeic < “hiss” is an imitative word > c. exhibiting mimicry 2. inclined to imitate 3. imitating something super … New Collegiate Dictionary
imitative — [[t]ɪ̱mɪtətɪv, AM teɪt [/t]] ADJ GRADED People and animals who are imitative copy others behaviour. Babies of eight to twelve months are generally highly imitative … English dictionary
imitative — adjective 1) imitative crime Syn: similar, like, mimicking; informal copycat 2) I found the film empty and imitative Syn: derivative, unoriginal, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive, plagiarized, plagiaristic … Thesaurus of popular words
imitative — ● imitatif, imitative adjectif (bas latin imitativus) Qui imite le comportement, la mimique, les goûts d autrui : Le pouvoir imitatif de l enfant … Encyclopédie Universelle