- 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
Examples from the Web for descriptively
In other words, descriptively, Khalidi thinks Foxman is right."No Light Between the U.S. and Israel”
May 23, 2013
This essay treats the subject historically and descriptively.Talks about Flowers.
M. D. Wellcome
Something similar, descriptively, might be said of Alderley Edge.Country Rambles, and Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers
Leo H. Grindon
And she searched anxiously for words which might be set dramatically, descriptively.The Way of Ambition
The court-yard itself had likewise been descriptively entitled in old time, Cripple Corner.No Thoroughfare
Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
Moreover, his leading motives themselves are descriptively or soulfully melodious as the requirement may be.How to Appreciate Music
- 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 descriptively
1751, from Late Latin descriptivus, from descript-, past participle stem of describere (see description). Related: Descriptively; descriptiveness.