- a person or thing that represents another or others.
- an agent or deputy: a legal representative.
- a person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, especially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.
- a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.
- serving to represent; representing.
- standing or acting for another or others.
- made up of representatives: a representative assembly.
- Government. of or relating to a system of governance by chosen representatives, usually elected from among a large group, as in representative democracy; representative government.
- exemplifying a group or kind; typical: a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.
- corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of representationalism.
- pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.
Origin of representative
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Examples from the Web for representative
There are four photos there of representative presidential candidates.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
For his part, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his “full confidence” in Representative Scalise.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
He is a representative of the Free Russia Foundation, an organization which aims to rebuild freedom and democracy in Russia.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
But Sanders, a representative of the Northeastern vacation state of Vermont, also opposes fossil fuel development.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
What qualifies as vast enough, as comprehensive enough, as representative enough to faithfully render a city and its people?A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
He is the representative of Posterity,—the man of an age to come.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I thought him as true a representative of the people as ever theory could portray.
He was five successive years the representative of Thomaston.
Mississippi was disloyal, and didn't deserve to have any representative.
But after Dayton's return with his prisoners you will be my representative in that district.In the Valley
- a person or thing that represents another or others
- a person who represents and tries to sell the products or services of a firm, esp a travelling salesmanOften shortened to: rep
- a typical example
- a person representing a constituency in a deliberative, legislative, or executive body, esp (capital) a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of Congress)See also House of Representatives
- NZ a rugby player, football player, etc, chosen to represent a province in interprovincial sports
- serving to represent; symbolic
- exemplifying a class or kind; typicala representative example of the species
- containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a groupa representative collection
- acting as deputy or proxy for another or others
- acting for or representing a constituency or the whole people in the process of governmenta representative council
- of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the peoplerepresentative government
- of or relating to a mental picture or representation
Word Origin and History for representative
"serving to represent," late 14c., from Old French representatif (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin repraesentativus, from stem of Latin repraesentare (see represent). Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Meaning "pertaining to or founded on representation of the people" is from 1640s.
1640s, "example, type," from representative (adj.); 1690s in sense of "member of a legislative body."