1575–85; < Late Latin imitātīvus. See imitate, -ive

imitatively, adverb
imitativeness, noun
nonimitative, adjective
nonimitatively, adverb
nonimitativeness, noun
overimitative, adjective
overimitatively, adverb
overimitativeness, noun
preimitative, adjective
unimitative, adjective Unabridged
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imitative (ˈɪmɪtətɪv)
1.  imitating or tending to imitate or copy
2.  characterized by imitation
3.  copying or reproducing the features of an original, esp in an inferior manner: imitative painting
4.  another word for onomatopoeic

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There is convincing behavioral evidence linking media violence with imitative violence.
Futility of interjectional and sound-imitative theories of the origin of speech.
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