a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: to rewrite the prevailing narrative about masculinity; the narrative that our public schools are failing.
consisting of or being a narrative: a narrative poem.
of or relating to narration, or the telling of a story: My English teacher's narrative skill makes characters seem to come to life.
- nar·ra·tive·ly, adverb
- non·nar·ra·tive, adjective, noun
- sem·i·nar·ra·tive, adjective
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How to use narrative in a sentence
“How Much of These Hills Is Gold,” by C Pam ZhangTwo orphaned girls — the children of immigrants — go on the run in this brilliant reimagining of the cowboy narrative.
In a piece for Wired UK, Ralston has a major correction to the narrative.Fact check: Ransomware did not lead to a woman’s death in Germany | Aaron Pressman | November 16, 2020 | Fortune
During the pandemic, capturing those recordings provided a unique challenge for narrative producer Natalie Pohorski and her team.‘Call of Duty’ voice actors spent the summer on video calls like the rest of us | Mike Hume | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
For her to be under conservatorship — to have lost legal control over her life and her body — doesn’t fit the narrative.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive | Constance Grady | November 11, 2020 | Vox
Not least, exactly 100 years ago Agatha Christie brought out “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” the first demonstration of its author’s breathtaking narrative sleight-of-hand.Agatha Christie fans, take note: Anthony Horowitz has a clever new twist on the classic whodunit | Michael Dirda | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
How do you keep something like that together, narratively speaking?‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth | Alex Suskind | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But on the show you could actually tell it narratively over a long period of time.
I thought it was narratively satisfying—but it was not so savory.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’ | Melissa Leon | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Too often, memoir seems to me an excuse to be fragmentary, incomplete, narratively non-rigorous.
Who only narratively recited the words of an oath, as a reporter or historian, without a real or professed intent of swearing.A Christian Directory | Baxter Richard
I have stated what were the avowed sentiments of the old Whigs, not in the way of argument, but narratively.
British Dictionary definitions for narrative
an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
the process or technique of narrating
telling a story: a narrative poem
of or relating to narration: narrative art
- narratively, adverb
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