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imitative

[im-i-tey-tiv] /ˈɪm ɪˌteɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
imitating; copying; given to imitation.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by imitation.
3.
Biology, mimetic.
4.
made in imitation of something; counterfeit.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Late Latin imitātīvus. See imitate, -ive
Related forms
imitatively, adverb
imitativeness, noun
nonimitative, adjective
nonimitatively, adverb
nonimitativeness, noun
overimitative, adjective
overimitatively, adverb
overimitativeness, noun
preimitative, adjective
unimitative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imitativeness

imitative

/ˈɪmɪtətɪv/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
imitatively, adverb
imitativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imitativeness

imitative

adj.

1580s, probably from imitate + -ive; or else from Middle French imitatif, from Late Latin imitativus, from imitat-, stem of imitari.

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