1. imitating; copying; given to imitation.
  2. of, relating to, or characterized by imitation.
  3. Biology. mimetic.
  4. made in imitation of something; counterfeit.
  5. onomatopoeic.


  1. imitating or tending to imitate or copy
  2. characterized by imitation
  3. copying or reproducing the features of an original, esp in an inferior mannerimitative painting
  4. another word for onomatopoeic

1580s, probably from imitate + -ive; or else from Middle French imitatif, from Late Latin imitativus, from imitat-, stem of imitari.

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