Definition of inimitable in English:

inimitable

Line breaks: in|im¦it|able
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɪmɪtəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

Derivatives

inimitability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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  • With its imminent departure from the scene and the rise of a digital photography - combining disposable immediacy but dispensing with tactile inimitability - the time has come for a re-evaluation of the Polaroid snapshot.
  • The other view was that the inimitability of the Koran was intrinsic: its literary perfection was such that no one on earth could hope to imitate it.
  • Perhaps, keeping with the inimitability of the man's life and work, this is only appropriate.

inimitably

adverb
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  • He wrote one inimitably brilliant work, one wryly enjoyable one, some amusing pieces, and everything else is admirable but largely unreadable.
  • He was a deadly mimic, and learned to phrase inimitably from blues and soul, though his voice was often ridiculed; his guitar skills, like Guthrie's, varied from painfully rudimentary to quite accomplished.
  • The medieval painters who beautified the island's thousands of churches with frescoes and iconic pictures had their own earthy, realistic and inimitably Cretan style, warmly humorous yet extremely devout.

Origin

late 15th century: from French, or from Latin inimitabilis, from in- 'not' + imitabilis (from imitari 'imitate').

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