im·i·ta·tive /ˈɪməˌtetɪv, ||tətɪv/
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 resemblance 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.
Im·i·ta·tive, n. Gram. A verb expressive of imitation or resemblance. [R.]
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]