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Definition of "imitative" [im•i•ta•tive]

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

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."