1. (of an image, idea, etc.) presented, known, or capable of being known directly.
  2. Ecclesiastical. admitting of or pertaining to presentation.
  3. Philosophy. immediately knowable; capable of being known without thought or reflection.

Origin of presentative

First recorded in 1550–60; present2 + -ative
Related formsun·pre·sent·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for presentative


  1. philosophy
    1. able to be known or perceived immediately
    2. capable of knowing or perceiving in this way
  2. subject to or conferring the right of ecclesiastical presentation
Derived Formspresentativeness, noun
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presentative in Medicine


  1. Having the capacity or function of bringing an idea or image to mind.
  2. Perceived or capable of being perceived directly rather than through association.
  3. Having the ability to so perceive.
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