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. Im"itatively, Im"itativeness.

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

(01 Mar 1998)