representative

[ rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛn tə tɪv /

noun

adjective

Origin of representative

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin repraesentātīvus, equivalent to repraesentāt(us) (see representation) + -īvus -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for representatives

representative

/ (ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv) /

noun

adjective

Derived Formsrepresentatively, adverbrepresentativeness, noun
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Culture definitions for representatives

representatives


Popularly elected officials who serve in state legislatures and in the House of Representatives in Congress. Representing the local districts from which they are elected, representatives support the interests of their constituents by proposing bills and programs. Elected for two-year terms, representatives in Congress must be sensitive to their constituents' concerns in order to be reelected.

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