- a person or thing that represents another or others.
- an agent or deputy: a legal representative.
- a person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, especially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.
- a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.
- serving to represent; representing.
- standing or acting for another or others.
- made up of representatives: a representative assembly.
- Government. of or relating to a system of governance by chosen representatives, usually elected from among a large group, as in representative democracy; representative government.
- exemplifying a group or kind; typical: a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.
- corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of representationalism.
- pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.
Origin of representative
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Examples from the Web for representatives
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
In his statement, Rigi named Naser Boledi as a main mediator between him and representatives of NATO.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Republican Elise Stefanik, 30, of upstate New York, just became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
The House of Representatives is bursting to the rafters with contenders for the title.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
GALLERY: 'JUSTICE FOR ALL' MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC There were plenty of representatives of the fringe too.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
As respects our House of Representatives, it would in principle be the same.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Other royalties were present in person or by their representatives.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Science and art and learning and religion, all have their representatives.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The representatives of the American republics are to be relied upon.
Poor Europe, and its representatives, to be used up in such a way!
- a person or thing that represents another or others
- a person who represents and tries to sell the products or services of a firm, esp a travelling salesmanOften shortened to: rep
- a typical example
- a person representing a constituency in a deliberative, legislative, or executive body, esp (capital) a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of Congress)See also House of Representatives
- NZ a rugby player, football player, etc, chosen to represent a province in interprovincial sports
- serving to represent; symbolic
- exemplifying a class or kind; typicala representative example of the species
- containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a groupa representative collection
- acting as deputy or proxy for another or others
- acting for or representing a constituency or the whole people in the process of governmenta representative council
- of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the peoplerepresentative government
- of or relating to a mental picture or representation
Word Origin and History for representatives
"serving to represent," late 14c., from Old French representatif (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin repraesentativus, from stem of Latin repraesentare (see represent). Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Meaning "pertaining to or founded on representation of the people" is from 1640s.
1640s, "example, type," from representative (adj.); 1690s in sense of "member of a legislative body."
Popularly elected officials who serve in state legislatures and in the House of Representatives in Congress. Representing the local districts from which they are elected, representatives support the interests of their constituents by proposing bills and programs. Elected for two-year terms, representatives in Congress must be sensitive to their constituents' concerns in order to be reelected.