expressive language

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expressive language (uncountable)

  1. Language in any of a number of different modalities such as speech, sign or writing.
    • 2002, Penny Tassoni, Sheila Riddall-Leech, Diploma in Child Care and Education, Harcourt Heinemann, page 213 [1]
      Receptive language is the phrases and vocabulary that we understand, whereas expressive language is what we actually use.