[ 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.

Origin of interpretive

First recorded in 1670–80; interpret + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM interpretive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020