- serving to interpret; explanatory.
- deduced by interpretation.
- made because of interpretation: an interpretive distortion of language.
- of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
- offering interpretations, explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films: the museum's interpretive center.
Origin of interpretive
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Examples from the Web for interpretive
I came [to personal essays] through the route of, if you want to call it intellection or a kind of interpretive [genre].Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
And what is the difference between a truly creative artist and an interpretive artist?The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
But then I was so impressed by the unique and interpretive ideas people were able to come up with.The Gregory Brothers and the Rise of the Remix Video
February 4, 2011
It is also more in the nature of misperception and interpretive crudity, rather than ignorance.Ignorant America
August 30, 2010
Yes, that was interpretive dance accompanying those Oscar-nominated film scores.The 22 Best Oscar Moments
The Daily Beast Video
March 8, 2010
And they respond by calling forth the interpretive genius of their conductor.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
Clogging, the ballet, interpretive and toe dances—why enumerate them.The Art of Stage Dancing
It is interpretive of episode, and the episode forces it into shape.Beauty and the Beast
Stewart A. McDowall
But we prefer to be interpretive, to come closer home than this.The United Seas
Robert W. Rogers
He shot a level, interpretive glance into her eyes, then left.The Financier
Word Origin and History for interpretive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper