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English adjective: imitative

1. imitative marked by or given to imitation

SamplesActing is an imitative art.
Man is an imitative being.

Similarapelike, apish, mimetic, mimic, parrotlike, simulated


2. imitative (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound

SamplesOnomatopoeic words are imitative of noises.
It was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term.

Synonymsechoic, onomatopoeic, onomatopoeical, onomatopoetic


3. imitative not genuine; imitating something superior

SamplesCounterfeit emotion.
Counterfeit money.
Counterfeit works of art.
A counterfeit prince.


Similarassumed, bad, base, bastard, bogus, fake, false, fictitious, fictive, forged, inauthentic, mock, ostensible, ostensive, phoney, phony, pinchbeck, pretended, pseudo, put on, sham, spurious, synthetic, unauthentic

See alsoartificial, false, insincere, unreal, unreal

Antonymsecht, genuine

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