- a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
- a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
- the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
- a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: to rewrite the prevailing narrative about masculinity; the narrative that our public schools are failing.
- consisting of or being a narrative: a narrative poem.
- of or relating to narration, or the telling of a story: My English teacher's narrative skill makes characters seem to come to life.
- Fine Arts. representing stories or events pictorially or sculpturally: narrative painting.Compare anecdotal(def 2).
Origin of narrative
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Examples from the Web for narratively
How do you keep something like that together, narratively speaking?‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
But on the show you could actually tell it narratively over a long period of time.The TV Superhero Guru Behind ‘The Flash’
October 6, 2014
I thought it was narratively satisfying—but it was not so savory.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’
May 23, 2014
Too often, memoir seems to me an excuse to be fragmentary, incomplete, narratively non-rigorous.Why Some Memoirs Are Better As Fiction
January 19, 2010
I have stated what were the avowed sentiments of the old Whigs, not in the way of argument, but narratively.
Who only narratively recited the words of an oath, as a reporter or historian, without a real or professed intent of swearing.A Christian Directory
- an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
- the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
- the process or technique of narrating
- telling a storya narrative poem
- of or relating to narrationnarrative art
Word Origin and History for narratively
mid-15c., from Middle French narratif, from Late Latin narrativus "suited to narration," from Latin narrat-, stem of narrare (see narration).
"a tale, story," 1560s, from Middle French narrative and from narrative (adj.).