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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.

2. Formed after a model, pattern, or original. This temple, less in form, with equal grace, Was imitative of the first in Thrace. (Dryden)

3. Designed to imitate another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object, for some useful purpose, such as protection from enemies; having resamblance to something else; as, imitative colours; imitative habits; dendritic and mammillary forms of minerals are imitative. Imitatively, Imitativeness.

Origin: L. Imitavitus: cf. F. Imitatif.