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imitative adj
1 marked by or given to imitation; "acting is an imitative art"; "man is an imitative being" [ant: nonimitative]
2 (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound; "onomatopoeic words are imitative of noises"; "it was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term"- Harry Hoijer [syn: echoic, onomatopoeic, onomatopoeical, onomatopoetic] [ant: nonechoic]
3 not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince" [syn: counterfeit] [ant: genuine]

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  1. Imitating; copying; not original.
  2. Modelled after another thing.


imitating, not original
modelled after another thing

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