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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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ornamental, fancy, cosmetic, florid, pretty

Nearby words

decorated, decorated shed, decorated style, decoration, decoration day, decorative, decorative art, decorative arts, decorator, decorous, decorously

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 Formsdecoratively, adverbdecorativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decorative

decorative


adj.

early 15c., from Middle French decoratif, from decorat-, past participle stem of Latin decorare (see decorate).

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