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inimitable

[ih-nim-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪˈnɪm ɪ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation; matchless.
Origin of inimitable
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin inimitābilis. See in-3, imitable
Related forms
inimitability, inimitableness, noun
inimitably, adverb
Can be confused
inimical, inimitable.
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  • See how it shows itself in the tender and inimitable strain of this epistle.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • After that inimitable, unforgettable "Jamais, jamais, jamais!"

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • A striking perfection observable in their construction is the inimitable perpendicular invariably maintained.

  • With this inimitable drawing we may compare the rocks in the foreground of the Llanthony.

  • He described, with inimitable wit and enjoyment, his experience in the land office, and together they examined the fifty receipts.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for inimitable

inimitable

/ɪˈnɪmɪtəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being duplicated or imitated; unique
Derived Forms
inimitability, inimitableness, noun
inimitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inimitable
adj.

late 15c., from Latin inimitabilis "that cannot be imitated," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + imitabilis (see imitable). Related: Inimitably.

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