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[rep-ri-zen-tey-shuh-nl, -zuh n-]
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  1. of or relating to representation.
  2. representing or depicting an object in a recognizable manner: representational art.
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Origin of representational

First recorded in 1850–55; representation + -al1
Related formsun·rep·re·sen·ta·tion·al, adjective
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  • On the functional theory of ideas, their value does not rest at all upon their representational nature.

  • His books are neither documentary nor representational; his characters are symbols of human desires and motives.


    James Branch Cabell

  • To justify our presence there the only thing demanded of us is that we shall have felt the representational impulse.

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

British Dictionary definitions for representational


  1. fine arts depicting or attempting to depict objects, scenes, figures, etc, directly as seen; naturalistic
  2. of or relating to representation
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Word Origin and History for representational


1855, from representation + -al (1). Specifically of visual arts from 1923. Related: Representationally.

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