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[ in-tur-pri-tiv ]


  1. serving to interpret; explanatory.
  2. deduced by interpretation.
  3. made because of interpretation:

    an interpretive distortion of language.

  4. of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
  5. offering interpretations, explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films:

    the museum's interpretive center.

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Other Words From

  • in·terpre·tive·ly adverb
  • nonin·terpre·tive adjective
  • nonin·terpre·tive·ly adverb
  • nonin·terpre·tive·ness noun
  • self-in·terpre·tive adjective
  • unin·terpre·tive adjective
  • unin·terpre·tive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of interpretive1

First recorded in 1670–80; interpret + -ive

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Example Sentences

Hirschfeld’s illustrations were interpretive of theatrical and film productions — that is part of his genius — and celebrities could be sensitive about their caricatured features.

He is the court’s leading opponent of the selective and bogus interpretive method known as “originalism.”

Meanwhile, his performer’s gifts — charisma, interpretive verve, spot-on comic and dramatic timing, exuberant physicality — make the profundity engaging.

That, after all, is what most of us are taught in school, because of the legacy of interpretive paradigms such as New Criticism.

The truth is screened through an interpretive lens even before experiments start.

I came [to personal essays] through the route of, if you want to call it intellection or a kind of interpretive [genre].

And what is the difference between a truly creative artist and an interpretive artist?

The crowd collectively grooved out in the wavy interpretive dance-esque style that Deadheads do.

But then I was so impressed by the unique and interpretive ideas people were able to come up with.

It is also more in the nature of misperception and interpretive crudity, rather than ignorance.

Free literature, library facilities, and interpretive services are also available at the museum.

The use of the singer's sensations, as applied in practical instruction, is almost exclusively interpretive.

Many vocal shortcomings are forgiven in the singer of convincing interpretive power.

Interpretive signs and amenities guided the erstwhile onlooker to the "ultimate," in fantasy dining.

The very thing that would have made them intelligible, interpretive, that would have made them art, was absent.


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