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 for imitative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Formed after a model, pattern, or original.
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              This temple, less in form, with equal grace,
              Was imitative of the first in Thrace. --Dryden.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imitative \Im"i*ta*tive\, n. (Gram.)
     A verb expressive of imitation or resemblance. [R.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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,
         imitative, onomatopoeic, onomatopoeical,
         onomatopoetic] [ant: nonechoic]
      3: not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit
         emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a
         counterfeit prince" [syn: counterfeit, imitative] [ant:
         echt, genuine]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "imitative":
     apish, battological, delineatory, depictive, duplicative, echoic,
     echoing, embodying, emulative, figurative, graphic, ideographic,
     illustrational, illustrative, incarnating, iterative, limning,
     mimetic, mimic, mimish, onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic, parrotlike,
     personifying, pictographic, pictorial, portraying, recapitulative,
     redundant, reduplicative, reechoing, reiterant, reiterative,
     repeating, repetitional, repetitive, representational,
     representative, representing, simulative, symbolizing,
     tautological, tautologous, typifying, vivid

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