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  • adj. Having a tendency to emulate others; imitative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined to emulation; aspiring to competition; rivaling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to emulation; rivaling; disposed to compete imitatively.


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  • I will readily admit to have a personal preferences for "emulative" and stories with "subtle invocations", since, in my opinion, they are more personal and more easily provide a genuine worldview & new approaches to the philosophical themes often found in HPL's work.

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  • But has Canada always been emulative of the Americans in political dysfunction?

    2008 September 13 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • But most often it is emulative: Where do you get ideas for best-selling fantasy trilogies, and where can I get me some?

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  • The US will only get out in front of the emulative flow of global commerce by developing the model for a post oil society.

    Stephen C. Rose: 10 Reasons Private Cars Will Become Obsolete

  • The sound was re-echoed from bank to bank, from precipice to precipice, with emulative thunders; nor was the tumult silent till it rose into the region of eternal snows, which, equally insensible to terrestrial sounds, and unfavorable to animal life, heard the roar in their majestic solitude, but suffered it to die away without a responsive voice.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • That was the most inane gesture-as-policy (was it supposed to trigger a tide of emulative consumption by the sheeplike masses?) since Gerald Ford tried to whip inflation now with WIN buttons.

    No Happy Warriors Here

  • Veblen pioneered an analysis of capitalist society as one in which: emulative consumption is pursued for the visible display of wealth and as means of acquiring social status, despite the wasteful use of natural resources it entails.

    Neoclassical, institutional, and marxist approaches to the environment-economic relationship

  • His bold proposal for universal health care provided by employers -- who would be subsidized by a tax credit paid for by repealing all of Bush's 2001 tax cuts -- has forced his rivals to seem emulative and has burnished his credentials as a Bush critic.

    Gephardt, On Schedule

  • Noble minds, emulative of perfection, (and yet the passion properly directed, I do not take to be an imperfection neither,) may be allowed a little generous envy, I think.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The word "last", it is to be lamented, is not sufficiently final to preclude the emulative subsequency of all we leave behind: we cannot close the doors of language on the thousand little beginnings that tread on the heels of the safest conclusion.

    Paley, "Apocalypse Without Millennium"


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