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[in-tur-pri-tey-tiv] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪˌteɪ tɪv/
Origin of interpretative
1560-70; < Latin interpretāt(us) past participle of interpretārī to interpret + -ive
Related forms
interpretatively, adverb
noninterpretative, adjective
noninterpretatively, adverb
preinterpretative, adjective
uninterpretative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Ann, interpretative, dressed her in snow-white tulle with here and there a glint of silver.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • The theory is that interpretative minds must not be expected of them.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • For I early found I must credit only the internal evidence of the Brontë works as my interpretative guide.

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
  • This is to be found in the interpretative value of the theory.

  • The expressiveness, the interpretative force of the gesture is the first thought, its rhythmic beauty only the second.

    The Earlier Work of Titian Claude Phillips
  • If he can do this he will attain the greatest in interpretative ability.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • But it claims a much higher regard—the great school of interpretative engravers translated painting into terms of black and white.

British Dictionary definitions for interpretative


of, involving, or providing interpretation; expository
Derived Forms
interpretatively, interpretively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interpretative

1560s, properly formed from past participle stem of Latin interpretari (see interpret). Interpretive means the same thing, but is less correct. Related: Interpretatively.

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