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  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.
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Origin of presentative

First recorded in 1550–60; present2 + -ative
Related formsun·pre·sent·a·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for presentative

Historical Examples

  • Acting in Elizabethan days was a presentative, rather than a representative, art.

    The Theory of the Theatre

    Clayton Hamilton

  • If we wish to cultivate the Representative faculties, we must begin by cultivating the Presentative faculties.


    William Walker Atkinson

  • We have seen that "Ultimate Scientific Ideas are all" presentative "of realities" which can "be comprehended."

  • Dewey favors the naïve standpoint, and affirms that presentative realism is tainted by an epistemological subjectivism.

    John Dewey's logical theory

    Delton Thomas Howard

  • In opposition to presentative realism, Dewey offers his 'naturalistic' interpretation of knowledge.

    John Dewey's logical theory

    Delton Thomas Howard

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
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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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