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decorative

[ dek-er-uh-tiv, dek-ruh-, dek-uh-rey- ]
/ ˈdɛk ər ə tɪv, ˈdɛk rə-, ˈdɛk əˌreɪ- /
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adjective

serving or tending to decorate.
Fine Arts. serving only to decorate, in contrast to providing a meaningful experience.

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Origin of decorative

First recorded in 1785–95; decorate + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for decorative

decorative
/ (ˈdɛkərətɪv, ˈdɛkrətɪv) /

adjective

serving to decorate or adorn; ornamental

Derived forms of decorative

decoratively, adverbdecorativeness, noun
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