representative

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See also: représentative

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French representatif.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛpɹɪˈzɛnt(ət)ɪv/
  • Hyphenation: rep‧re‧sen‧ta‧tive
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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.
    2. (generally) 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.]
    2. Something (especially a living organism]] regarded as typical of its class; a type. [from 17th c.]
    3. 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