[ rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛn tə tɪv /
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.
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.
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Origin of representative
OTHER WORDS FROM representative
rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbrep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nounnon·rep·re·sent·a·tive, noun, adjectivenon·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverb
non·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nouno·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjectiveo·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, nounun·rep·re·sent·a·tive, adjectiveun·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly, adverbun·rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for representative
/ (ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv) /
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
Derived forms of representativerepresentatively, adverbrepresentativeness, noun
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