[rep-ri-zen-tey-shuh n, -zuh n-]


Origin of representation

1375–1425; late Middle English representacion < Latin repraesentātiōn- (stem of repraesentātiō), equivalent to repraesentāt(us) (past participle of repraesentāre to represent) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, nouno·ver·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, nounpre·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, nounself-rep·re·sen·ta·tion, nounun·der·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or an instance of representing or the state of being represented
anything that represents, such as a verbal or pictorial portrait
anything that is represented, such as an image brought clearly to mind
the principle by which delegates act for a constituency
a body of representatives
contract law a statement of fact made by one party to induce another to enter into a contract
an instance of acting for another, on his authority, in a particular capacity, such as executor or administrator
a dramatic production or performance
(often plural) a statement of facts, true or alleged, esp one set forth by way of remonstrance or expostulation
linguistics an analysis of a word, sentence, etc, into its constituentsphonetic representation
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Word Origin and History for representation

c.1400, "image, likeness," from Old French representacion (14c.) and directly from Latin representationem (nominative representatio), noun of action from past participle stem of repraesentare (see represent). Meaning "statement made in regard to some matter" is from 1670s. Legislative sense first attested 1769.

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