Imitative Im"i*ta*tive, a. [L. imitavitus: cf. F. imitatif.] 1. Inclined to imitate, copy, or follow; imitating; exhibiting some of the qualities or characteristics of a pattern or model; dependent on example; not original; as, man is an imitative being; painting is an imitative art. [1913 Webster]

2. Formed after a model, pattern, or original. [1913 Webster]

This temple, less in form, with equal grace, Was imitative of the first in Thrace. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (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; as, imitative colors; imitative habits; dendritic and mammillary forms of minerals are imitative. -- {Im"i*ta*tive*ly}, adv. -- {Im"i*ta*tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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