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.

Origin of interpretive

First recorded in 1670–80; interpret + -ive
Related formsin·ter·pre·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·pre·tive, adjectivenon·in·ter·pre·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·pre·tive·ness, nounself-in·ter·pre·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·pre·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·pre·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interpretive

Contemporary Examples of interpretive

Historical Examples of interpretive

  • And they respond by calling forth the interpretive genius of their conductor.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • Clogging, the ballet, interpretive and toe dances—why enumerate them.

  • It is interpretive of episode, and the episode forces it into shape.

    Beauty and the Beast

    Stewart A. McDowall

  • But we prefer to be interpretive, to come closer home than this.

    The United Seas

    Robert W. Rogers

  • He shot a level, interpretive glance into her eyes, then left.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

Word Origin and History for interpretive

1670s, from interpret + -ive; also see interpretative. Listed by Fowler among the words "that for one reason or another should not have been brought into existence."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper