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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imitative  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imitative  \Im"i*ta*tive\,  n.  (Gram.) 
  A  verb  expressive  of  imitation  or  resemblance.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  imitative 
  adj  1:  marked  by  or  given  to  imitation;  "acting  is  an  imitative 
  art";  "man  is  an  imitative  being"  [ant:  {nonimitative}] 
  2:  (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  [syn:  {echoic},  {onomatopoeic}, 
  {onomatopoeical},  {onomatopoetic}]  [ant:  {nonechoic}] 
  3:  not  genuine;  imitating  something  superior;  "counterfeit 
  emotion";  "counterfeit  money";  "counterfeit  works  of  art"; 
  "a  counterfeit  prince"  [syn:  {counterfeit}]  [ant:  {genuine}] 




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