Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

interpretive

[in-tur-pri-tiv] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to interpret; explanatory.
2.
deduced by interpretation.
3.
made because of interpretation:
an interpretive distortion of language.
4.
of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
5.
offering interpretations, explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films:
the museum's interpretive center.
Origin of interpretive
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; interpret + -ive
Related forms
interpretively, adverb
noninterpretive, adjective
noninterpretively, adverb
noninterpretiveness, noun
self-interpretive, adjective
uninterpretive, adjective
uninterpretively, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for interpretive
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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 Theodore Dreiser
Word Origin and History for interpretive
adj.

1670s, from interpret + -ive; also see interpretative. Listed by Fowler among the words "that for one reason or another should not have been brought into existence."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for interpretive

Word Value for interpretive

17
20
Scrabble Words With Friends