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Meaning of IMITATIVE

Pronunciation:  'imi`teytiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
  2. [adj]  marked by or given to imitation; "acting is an imitative art"; "man is an imitative being"
  3. [adj]  (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound; "onomatopoeic words are imitative of noises"; "it was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term"- Harry Hoijer

IMITATIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: apelike, apish, assumed, bad, base, bastard, bogus, counterfeit, echoic, fake, false, fictitious, fictive, forged, inauthentic, mimetic, mimic, mock, onomatopoeic, onomatopoeical, onomatopoetic, ostensible, ostensive, parrotlike, phoney, phony, pinchbeck, pretended, pseudo, put on, sham, simulated, spurious, synthetic, unauthentic
 Antonyms: echt, genuine, nonechoic, nonimitative
 See Also: artificial, insincere, unreal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im"i*ta*tive\, a. [L. imitavitus: cf. F. imitatif.]
    1. Inclined to imitate, copy, or follow; imitating;
       exhibiting some of the qualities or characteristics of a
       pattern or model; dependent on example; not original; as,
       man is an imitative being; painting is an imitative art.
    2. Formed after a model, pattern, or original.
             This temple, less in form, with equal grace, Was
             imitative of the first in Thrace.     --Dryden.
    3. (Nat. Hist.) Designed to imitate another species of
       animal, or a plant, or inanimate object, for some useful
       purpose, such as protection from enemies; having
       resamblance to something else; as, imitative colors;
       imitative habits; dendritic and mammillary forms of
       minerals are imitative. -- {Im"i*ta*tive*ly}, adv. --
       {Im"i*ta*tive*ness}, n.
  2. \Im"i*ta*tive\, n. (Gram.)
    A verb expressive of imitation or resemblance. [R.]
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: apish, battological, delineatory, depictive, duplicative, echoic, echoing, embodying, emulative, figurative, graphic, ideographic, illustrational, illustrative, incarnating, iterative, limning, mimetic, mimic, mimish, onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic, parrotlike, personifying, pictographic, pictorial, portraying, recapitulative, redundant, reduplicative, reechoing, reiterant, reiterative, repeating, repetitional, repetitive, representational, representative, representing, simulative, symbolizing, tautological, tautologous, typifying, vivid