Definition of mimetic in US English:

mimetic

adjective

technical, formal
  • Relating to, constituting, or habitually practicing mimesis.

    ‘mimetic patterns in butterflies’
    • ‘To convey it, Velazquez passed beyond mimetic rendering to composing with signs of identity when he pictured the Lady with a Fan.’
    • ‘In the standard Western division of genres, mimetic resemblance is the first criterion of portraiture.’
    • ‘Their mimetic intention, unlike that of most mimetic art, does not depend on images in the viewer's memory.’
    • ‘Among the several biological mimetic systems, cyclodextrins represent one of the most simple ones.’
    • ‘It's easier to write mimetic fiction, in which everything's set in this world just the way it is, than to change things with the conviction that'll keep people walking with you and believing.’
    simulated, mock, imitation, make-believe, sham, imitative
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek mimētikos ‘imitation’, from mimeisthai ‘to imitate’.

Pronunciation

mimetic

/məˈmedik//məˈmɛdɪk/