from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or involving imitation.
  • adjective Not original; derivative.
  • adjective Tending to imitate.
  • adjective Onomatopoeic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Imitating or inclined to imitate or copy.
  • Aiming at imitation; exhibiting or designed to exhibit an imitation of a pattern or model.
  • Formed after or presenting a similitude of a model, pattern, or original.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Inclined to imitate, copy, or follow; imitating; exhibiting some of the qualities or characteristics of a pattern or model; dependent on example; not original
  • adjective Formed after a model, pattern, or original.
  • adjective (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
  • noun (Gram.), rare A verb expressive of imitation or resemblance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Imitating; copying; not original.
  • adjective Modelled after another thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked by or given to imitation
  • adjective (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound
  • adjective not genuine; imitating something superior


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