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[mi-met-ik, mahy-] /mɪˈmɛt ɪk, maɪ-/
characterized by, exhibiting, or of the nature of imitation or mimicry:
mimetic gestures.
mimic or make-believe.
Origin of mimetic
1625-35; < Greek mīmētikós imitative, equivalent to mīmē- (see mimesis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
mimetically, adverb
nonmimetic, adjective
nonmimetically, adverb
unmimetic, adjective
unmimetically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mimetic
  • Several episodes had comparable mimetic or dramatic elements.
  • Others use the mimetic aspects artfully and persuasively.
  • For caricature to exist in the first place there has to be a tradition of mimetic realism in place.
  • It seemed to me that the novel had at its core a dense mimetic and linguistic tissue that could never point outside itself.
British Dictionary definitions for mimetic


of, resembling, or relating to mimesis or imitation, as in art, etc
(biology) of or exhibiting mimicry
Derived Forms
mimetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mimetic

1630s, "having an aptitude for mimicry," from Greek mimetikos "imitative, good at imitating," from mimetos, verbal adjective of mimeisthai "to imitate." Originally of persons, attested of animals or plants from 1851. Related: Mimetical (1610s); mimetically.

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mimetic in Medicine

mimetic mi·met·ic (mĭ-mět'ĭk, mī-)

  1. Of or exhibiting mimicry.

  2. Of or relating to mimesis.

mi·met'i·cal·ly adv.
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