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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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Examples from the Web for inimitably
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  • The woman was unhappy; the light in her dark eyes was inimitably sad.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The Halfbreed was inimitably cool, his face was a perfect mask.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Charles Mathews played in it (I add as a hit at Medford) admirably; and (to crush him with a final blow) inimitably!

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • There was never a town so inimitably drowsy or so sternly uncompetitive.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • His whole manner was inimitably chivalrous, protective, and polite.

    The Helpmate May Sinclair
  • Some paper calls it inimitably droll, which I think rather nice.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Granting, however, the initial deficiency in subtlety of charm, the whole poem is inimitably graceful and piquant.

  • She was inimitably dexterous and indefatigable in improving every occasion of innuendo.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • This he gave so spontaneously, so inimitably, that the puppet became an absolute reality in a second.

  • The southerners of the party rode like all southerners, admirably, inimitably.

    The South-West Jonathon Holt Ingraham
British Dictionary definitions for inimitably


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 inimitably



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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