from The Century Dictionary.
- In an imitative manner; by imitation.
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When I begin to talk I repeat this name imitatively, and thinking of myself as others do.
In the sphere of action, also, the child who is stimulated by the sight of his elder pounding with a hammer, sweeping with a broom, etc., reacts imitatively upon such stimulations, and thus acquires skill in action.
Nelatha mocked Si'Wren imitatively, as her eyes and mouth becoming like wide round circles, to match Si'Wren's expression, which in turn exactly resembled the little round-eyed mud face.
Modern Spaniards hadn't, thanks to taxation and the Church, been able to build a mental life for themselves; so, since the mind of man must have a little exercise, they repeated imitatively the actions by which their forefathers had responded to their quite real psychological imperatives.
Peterkin pulled himself half-way up, only immediately to fall back. junior stood for an instant imitatively reaching up with his baby hands, then abandoning the attempt waddled off after a big butterfly.
The person is either going through motions quite blindly, perhaps purely imitatively, or else is in a state of excitement which is exhausting to mind and nerves.
"I'm sorry," said Little Miss Grouch, imitatively.
The designer of frostings who has a right feeling for his art will not emulate the sculptor and strive to model in the grand style; the sculptor who tries to reproduce imitatively the textures of lace or other fabrics and who exuberates in filigrees and fussinesses so far departs from his art as to rival the confectioner.
The painter who copies his object imitatively, finding nothing, creating nothing, is an artisan, however skillful he may be.
To the clever technician who imitatively paints the flower as he knows it to be,