representative

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See also: représentative

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French representatif.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛpɹɪˈzɛntətɪv/
  • 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.
    • Texas State Senator Carl Parker
      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. One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation.
    I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.
  2. A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency.
    She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.
  3. One that is taken as typical of its class.
  4. (US, politics) A member of the US House of Representatives.
    All representatives face re-election every two years.
  5. Company agent who visits potential purchasers, salesman.

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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. definite singular of representativ
  2. plural form of representativ

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

representative

  1. definite singular of representativ
  2. plural form of representativ