Definition of "imitative" []

  • Of or involving imitation. (adjective)
  • Not original; derivative. (adjective)
  • Tending to imitate. (adjective)
  • Onomatopoeic. (adjective)
  • Imitating or tending to imitate or copy (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Characterized by imitation (adjective)
  • Copying or reproducing the features of an original, esp in an inferior manner (adjective)
  • Another word for onomatopoeic (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "imitative" in a sentence
  • "He was even vexed at what I translated by the term imitative harmony."
  • "“Let's designate this to be what we call the imitative art [mimêtikon]”; everything else in the large genus can go by some other name (267a)."
  • "“calloo-calloo” — a mimetic term imitative of the most frequent notes of the bird."