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

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • Only, these were the inimitable and illimitable fields of Nature.

  • A striking perfection observable in their construction is the inimitable perpendicular invariably maintained.

  • After that inimitable, unforgettable "Jamais, jamais, jamais!"

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • 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


incapable of being duplicated or imitated; unique
Derived Forms
inimitability, inimitableness, noun
inimitably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inimitable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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