- imitation [im΄i tā′shən]n.[L imitatio]1. the act of imitating2.a) the result or product of imitating; artificial likeness; copyb) a counterfeit3. Biol. MIMICRY (sense 2)4. Music the repetition in close succession of a theme or theme fragment in a different voice: used often as a technique of counterpoint5. Philos.a) in Platonism, the process wherein sensible objects imperfectly embody unchanging, immaterial models or archetypesb) in Aristotelianism, artistic portrayal not as literal copying but as representation of the essential nature of somethingadj.made to resemble something specified, usually something superior or genuine; not real; sham; bogus [imitation leather]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.