representative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French representatif.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛpɹɪˈzɛnt(ət)ɪv/
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  • Hyphenation: rep‧re‧sen‧ta‧tive

Adjective[edit]

representative (comparative more representative, superlative most representative)

  1. Typical; having the same properties or interest as a larger group.
    • c. 1977, Carl Parker (attributed quote)
      If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore.
  2. Representing, showing a likeness.
    Are you sure this paper is representative of your child's writing?
    the representative faculty of the human imagination

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Noun[edit]

representative (plural representatives)

  1. A delegate.
    1. Someone who represents others as a member of a legislative or governing body. [from 17th c.]
      She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.
      • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Quarians: Government Codex entry:
        Each vessel in the Fleet has the right to send representatives to the Conclave aboard the flagship. The number of representatives is based on crew size. Larger clans, with bigger ships and more votes, form the cores of political blocs. Opposition comes from the Outriders' Coalition, with delegates from thousands of smaller ships.
    2. One who speaks for or acts on behalf of another in a particular (especially official) capacity. [from 17th c.]
      I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.
    3. (law) An heir. [from 17th c.]
      • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.1:
        This pathetic remonstrance had the desired effect upon his representative, who spared no pains to fulfill the request of the deceased [] .
    4. (US, politics) Specifically, a member of the US House of Representatives. [from 18th c.]
      All representatives face re-election every two years.
    5. A company agent who visits potential purchasers; a salesman. [from 20th c.]
  2. Something standing for something else.
    1. Something representing or standing for another; a symbol, an embodiment. [from 17th c.]
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 1, pages 131-133:
      The furniture was the same when she married..[ ]..The only representatives of to-day, were two large and comfortable arm-chairs, and a few elegant-looking trifles, the work of the Misses Granard.
    1. Something (especially a living organism) regarded as typical of its class; a type. [from 17th c.]
    2. A substitute or analogue. [from 17th c.]

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Further reading[edit]

  • "representative" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 266.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

representative

  1. inflection of representativ:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

representative

  1. inflection of representativ:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural