- imitative [im′i tāt΄iv; ] also [, im′i tə tiv΄]adj.[LL imitativus]1. formed from a model; reproducing the qualities of an original or another2. given to imitating; inclined to imitate others3. not genuine or real; imitation4. approximating in sound the thing or action signified; echoic: said of such words as hiss, ripple, clangimitativelyadv.imitativenessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.