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[pri-zen-tuh-tiv] /prɪˈzɛn tə tɪv/
(of an image, idea, etc.) presented, known, or capable of being known directly.
Ecclesiastical. admitting of or pertaining to presentation.
Philosophy. immediately knowable; capable of being known without thought or reflection.
Origin of presentative
First recorded in 1550-60; present2 + -ative
Related forms
unpresentative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for presentative
Historical Examples
  • Acting in Elizabethan days was a presentative, rather than a representative, art.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • If we wish to cultivate the Representative faculties, we must begin by cultivating the presentative faculties.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • We have seen that "Ultimate Scientific Ideas are all" presentative "of realities" which can "be comprehended."

  • Dewey favors the naïve standpoint, and affirms that presentative realism is tainted by an epistemological subjectivism.

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
  • In opposition to presentative realism, Dewey offers his 'naturalistic' interpretation of knowledge.

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
  • The foregoing paragraphs on presentative instruction may seem strange to the American teacher.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • The presentative realist, in his appeal to "common-sense" and the "plain man," first sophisticates the umpire and then appeals.

  • Indeed, to raise the possibility of error in introspection seems to do away with the certainty of presentative knowledge.

    Illusions James Sully
  • The object in insight is thus a presentative feeling as in introspection, though not our own, but another's.

    Illusions James Sully
  • On the other hand, a representative illusion is often more enduring than a presentative, that is to say, less easily found out.

    Illusions James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for presentative


  1. able to be known or perceived immediately
  2. capable of knowing or perceiving in this way
subject to or conferring the right of ecclesiastical presentation
Derived Forms
presentativeness, noun
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presentative in Medicine

presentative pre·sent·a·tive (prĭ-zěn'tə-tĭv)

  1. Having the capacity or function of bringing an idea or image to mind.

  2. Perceived or capable of being perceived directly rather than through association.

  3. Having the ability to so perceive.

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