Adjective "imitative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Copying or following a model or example.
  1. 'There has been no attempt to separate imitative learning by children from other social influences that are known to affect learning, although it is clear that even very young children are capable of imitating.'
  2. 'Over the centuries the makers of delftware have copied all sorts of decorative styles so that this essentially imitative craft has become a style in itself.'
  3. 'You can imitate it, but that would be sort of… imitative.'
  4. 'Inherited imitative behavior is hard to demonstrate.'
  5. 'Each year, for example, imitative Miskitu crowns, scepters, and swords appear as part of a celebratory re-enactment called the kingpulanka.'
  6. 'He has been concerned with theatre which is both local and fun and not imitative of either imported intellectual or theatrical forms.'
  7. 'Like emulation learning, ontogenetic ritualization does not require individuals to analyze the behavior of others in terms of ends and means in the same way as does imitative learning.'
  8. 'His presentation of history from the perspective of the ‘camera eye,’ particularly, might best be understood as an attempt to evade the undertow of imitative psychology.'
  9. 'It is to be propitiated rather than harnessed: young couples make love in the newly ploughed furrows at seedtime as imitative magic to guarantee fertility.'
  10. 'One of the most surprising things I noticed was how imitative I was.'
  11. 'I found the film pretentious and imitative'
  12. 'Barring the work of a few painters, most of the modern art in this country is blatantly imitative, but we still have a problem awarding crafts the recognition given to the arts.'
  13. 'In many cases this obscurity is well-deserved; many early works are mediocre, naïvely imitative stuff, unworthy to stand in the canon with Seymour, Walcott, Selvon, Naipaul or Lamming.'
  14. 'His films are emulative, not imitative or derivative.'
  15. 'I can remember lying on the floor and writing these, probably very poor, poems - because they were all in rhyme and form and probably quite imitative - but they gave me enormous joy, and I worked on them, I crossed bits out and worked on them.'
  16. 'All art, all thought (for as Clausewitz himself expressed it, all thought is art), was a creative activity, not an imitative or derivative one.'
  17. 'It's beautiful for as long as he's struggling, which is about two minutes before he gets a grip and retreats to a safe distance, and the band churns out boring, imitative crud for the remaining 70 minutes.'
  18. 'There are all the palely imitative books of quests, holy violence and silly names, for a start; then there are the hundreds of computer games, the sword-waggling role-players, and the couple of film adaptations.'
  19. 'Though uneven and a bit inchoate, it shows an awareness both of the more complex, radical aspects of Debussy and the Strauss of Salome and Elektra, without being slavishly imitative of either.'
  20. 'And with that simple revelation somehow all art was transformed from the imitative and derivative to the wholly substantive.'
  21. 'These told me that Lichtenstein's style defined his approach - he made it his own; it wasn't an affectation, a mere imitative device or clever trick.'
(of a word) reproducing a natural sound (e.g. fizz) or pronounced in a way that is thought to correspond to the appearance or character of the object or action described (e.g. blob).
  1. 'The number of imitative words in any language is bound to be quite small, and for many such words the sound-meaning relation is by no means direct.'


1. imitating; copying; given to imitation.

2. of, relating to, or characterized by imitation.

3. Biology. mimetic.

4. made in imitation of something; counterfeit.

5. onomatopoeic.

More examples(as adjective)

"appeals can be imitative of people."

"polyphonies can be imitative."

"magics can be imitative."

"sections can be imitative."

"plays can be imitative."

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