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representative

[rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that represents another or others.
  2. an agent or deputy: a legal representative.
  3. 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.
  4. a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.
adjective
  1. serving to represent; representing.
  2. standing or acting for another or others.
  3. made up of representatives: a representative assembly.
  4. 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.
  5. exemplifying a group or kind; typical: a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.
  6. corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.
  7. of, relating to, or characteristic of representationalism.
  8. pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.

Origin of representative

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin repraesentātīvus, equivalent to repraesentāt(us) (see representation) + -īvus -ive
Related formsrep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbrep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nounnon·rep·re·sent·a·tive, noun, adjectivenon·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nouno·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjectiveo·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nounun·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjectiveun·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbun·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun

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5. symbolic, exemplary, typical, characteristic.
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Examples from the Web for unrepresentative

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Historical Examples

  • It was dignified and not unrepresentative of his standing in the company.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser

  • First of all, why do men vaguely feel that the House of Commons is unrepresentative?

  • I declare my belief that we are suffering not from a too extended ballot, but from one too limited and unrepresentative.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

  • As a deliberative body, convocation has done much useful work, but it suffers considerably from its unrepresentative nature.

  • According to whether they like it or do not like it, I hope they will consider it a representative or an unrepresentative sample.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne


British Dictionary definitions for unrepresentative

unrepresentative

adjective
  1. not typical or representative

representative

noun
  1. a person or thing that represents another or others
  2. a person who represents and tries to sell the products or services of a firm, esp a travelling salesmanOften shortened to: rep
  3. a typical example
  4. 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
  5. NZ a rugby player, football player, etc, chosen to represent a province in interprovincial sports
adjective
  1. serving to represent; symbolic
    1. exemplifying a class or kind; typicala representative example of the species
    2. containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a groupa representative collection
  2. acting as deputy or proxy for another or others
  3. acting for or representing a constituency or the whole people in the process of governmenta representative council
  4. of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the peoplerepresentative government
  5. of or relating to a mental picture or representation
Derived Formsrepresentatively, adverbrepresentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrepresentative

representative

adj.

"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.

representative

n.

1640s, "example, type," from representative (adj.); 1690s in sense of "member of a legislative body."

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