Imitation means copy to another person's behaviour whether as a conscious or an unconscious act.  

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Imitation
- The act of imitating.
- That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.
- One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon.
- The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3.
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