- full of expression; meaningful: an expressive shrug.
- serving to express; indicative of power to express: a look expressive of gratitude.
- of, relating to, or concerned with expression: Dance is a highly expressive art.
- Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and often rhythmic nature, as weeping, dancing, or shouting.Compare active(def 15), orgiastic(def 2).
- Linguistics. of or relating to forms in which sounds denote a semantic field directly and nonarbitrarily, through sound symbolism based, to some degree, on synesthesia, as observable in onomatopoeia, rhyming and gradational compounds, and emotionally charged words such as hypocoristics and pejoratives.
Origin of expressive
Synonyms for expressive
Examples from the Web for non-expressive
Historical Examples of non-expressive
The perfection and precision of its acts, being, let us say, proportionate to the non-expressive period.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
- of, involving, or full of expression
- (postpositive foll by of) indicative or suggestive (of)a look expressive of love
- having a particular meaning, feeling, or force; significant
Word Origin and History for non-expressive
c.1400, "tending to press out," from French expressif, from expres "clear, plain," from stem of Latin exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning "full of expression" is from 1680s. Related: Expressively; expressiveness.