descriptive

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From Latin dēscriptīvus (containing a full description)

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descriptive (comparative more descriptive, superlative most descriptive)

  1. Of or relating to description.
  2. (grammar) Of an adjective, stating an attribute of the associated noun (as heavy in the heavy dictionary).
  3. (linguistics)   Describing the structure, grammar, vocabulary and actual use of a language.
  4. (sciences, philosophy) Describing and seeking to classify, as opposed to normative or prescriptive.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162: 
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.

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Noun[edit]

descriptive (plural descriptives)

  1. (grammar) An adjective (or other descriptive word)

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Adjective[edit]

descriptive f

  1. feminine form of descriptif