imitative imitative  /ˈɪ mə ˌteɪ tɪv/


  1. (adj) marked by or given to imitation
  2. (adj) (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound
  3. (adj) not genuine; imitating something superior


  1. He is the rarest of creatures in the imitative and adaptive world of entertainment, an originator.
  2. So effective was it that rival or imitative tongs were soon found wherever there were Chinese colonies.
  3. Since some of the ceremonies would take place in temporary buildings, imitative of a remotely bygone age, these had to be especially constructed at Kioto, ancient Capital of Japan.


  • Decade-old defunct group may be the key to better US-Venezuela ties

    More than a decade ago, U.S. and Venezuelan legislators began holding meetings of what became known as the Boston Group. The imitative died in 2005 but many of the relationships built during that time, including with current President Nicolás Maduro, seem to be bearing fruit.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Miami Herald


  1. "This is a major imitative from the alternative government of Australia," Mr Rudd said. "This half-billion dollar Green Car Innovation Fund is designed to attract a further $1.5 billion of industry investment in producing green car solutions...
    on Mar 14, 2007 By: Kevin Rudd Source:

  2. "Aristide's partisans have begun an urban guerrilla operation that they call Operation Baghdad," human rights activist Jean-Claude Bajeux said Saturday. "The decapitations are imitative of those in Iraq, and they are meant to show the failure...
    on Oct 1, 2004 By: Jean-Claude Bajeux Source: USA Today

  3. George Orwell said of the language of "orthodoxy" that it "seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style."
    on Dec 1, 2006 By: George Orwell Source:

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