|1.||the act, practice, or art of imitating; mimicry|
|2.||an instance or product of imitating, such as a copy of the manner of a person; impression|
|3.||a. a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit|
|b. (as modifier): imitation jewellery|
|4.||(in contrapuntal or polyphonic music) the repetition of a phrase or figure in one part after its appearance in another, as in a fugue|
|5.||a literary composition that adapts the style of an older work to the writer's own purposes|
in psychology, the reproduction or performance of an act that is stimulated by the perception of a similar act by another animal or person. Essentially, it involves a model to which the attention and response of the imitator are directed
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