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.
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.
- rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverb
- rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun
- non·rep·re·sent·a·tive, noun, adjective
- non·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverb
- non·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun
- o·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjective
- o·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverb
- o·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun
- un·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjective
- un·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverb
- un·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun
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How to use representative in a sentence
Registration is $10 and participants will be calling their representatives in Congress.
Awbrey used to be Faulconer’s representative for the Midway area.
Google has more than 10,000 raters around the world, including one in every single state in order to get a representative view of all searchers.Google now uses BERT to match stories with fact checks | Barry Schwartz | September 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The actor’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.‘Batman’ movie starring Robert Pattinson halts filming over coronavirus case | radmarya | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
Andrea Salinas, a state representative from Lake Oswego, said she would file a bill to restore severance taxes.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry | by Tony Schick, OPB, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive | September 2, 2020 | ProPublica
Duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.
There are four photos there of representative presidential candidates.
Scalise was a state representative old enough to remember the notoriety of Farrell and Knight from years before.
For his part, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his “full confidence” in representative Scalise.
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 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was the most distinguished representative of the English school of composition, and was knighted in 1842.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
By far the most important of the conjugate sulphates and representative of the group is potassium indoxyl sulphate.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
It is not surprising after this to learn that some children are slow in seizing the representative character of acting.Children's Ways | James Sully
It had its counterpart on the political side in the rise of representative democratic government.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Like art, too, on its representative side, play aims at producing an imitation or semblance of something.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for representative
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 salesman: Often 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; typical: a representative example of the species
containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a group: a 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 government: a representative council
of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the people: representative government
of or relating to a mental picture or representation
- representatively, adverb
- representativeness, noun
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