[ in-tur-pri-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tɪv /


serving to interpret; explanatory.
deduced by interpretation.
made because of interpretation: an interpretive distortion of language.
of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
offering interpretations, explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films: the museum's interpretive center.

Nearby words

  1. interpretable,
  2. interpretation,
  3. interpretative,
  4. interpreted language,
  5. interpreter,
  6. interpretive centre,
  7. interpretive semantics,
  8. interprovincial,
  9. interproximal,
  10. interproximal space

Origin of interpretive

First recorded in 1670–80; interpret + -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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