[ ik-spres-iv ]
/ ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv /
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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. 3).
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM expressive
ex·pres·sive·ly, adverbex·pres·sive·ness, nounan·ti·ex·pres·sive, adjectivean·ti·ex·pres·sive·ly, adverb
an·ti·ex·pres·sive·ness, nounnon·ex·pres·sive, adjectivenon·ex·pres·sive·ly, adverbnon·ex·pres·sive·ness, nouno·ver·ex·pres·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ex·pres·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ex·pres·sive·ness, nounpre·ex·pres·sive, adjectivesu·per·ex·pres·sive, adjectivesu·per·ex·pres·sive·ly, adverbsu·per·ex·pres·sive·ness, noun
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How to use expressive in a sentence
It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
All over the world the just claims of organized labor are intermingled with the underground conspiracy of social revolution.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
After we had passed over this desert, we found several garisons to defend the caravans from the violence of the Tartars.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for expressive
/ (ɪkˈsprɛsɪv) /
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
Derived forms of expressiveexpressively, adverbexpressiveness, noun
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