- having the quality of describing; characterized by description: a descriptive passage in an essay.
- noting, concerned with, or based upon the fact or experience.
- characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field: descriptive botany.
Origin of descriptive
Related Wordsdetailed, vivid, eloquent, illuminating, pictorial, expressive, definitive, revealing, characteristic, circumstantial, clear, expository, extended, graphic, illustrative, indicative, lifelike, narrative, picturesque, specific
Examples from the Web for descriptive
And so we are all supposed to denote something from “working mother” as a descriptive adjective.The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
The name is descriptive: they are extremely intense bursts of gamma rays, the highest energy form of light.The Gamma-Ray Burst That Wasn’t
Matthew R. Francis
June 1, 2014
It was descriptive, prescriptive, and exemplary in its clarity.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
Even her descriptive imagery, when describing landscapes, is Kikuyu.Richard Dawkins: How I Write
November 27, 2013
We just wanted to hear the dry, descriptive case that BDS, for better or worse, is gaining ground.The Kane Controversy
July 17, 2012
In subject they are either erotic, mythologic, or descriptive of nature.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The former is particular or descriptive; the latter is general.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
The problem of the descriptive course is the problem of the high school.
An elementary course followed by a course in descriptive geometry.
Wagner's motives are marvellous in their descriptive and soul-stirring power.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- characterized by or containing description; serving to describe
- grammar (of an adjective) serving to describe the referent of the noun modified, as for example the adjective brown as contrasted with my and former
- relating to or based upon description or classification rather than explanation or prescriptiondescriptive linguistics
Word Origin and History for descriptive
1751, from Late Latin descriptivus, from descript-, past participle stem of describere (see description). Related: Descriptively; descriptiveness.