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adjective de·scrip·tive \di-ˈskrip-tiv\

Simple Definition of descriptive

  • : giving information about how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : using words to describe what something or someone is like

  • : providing facts about how a language is actually used rather than rules that tell people how it should be used

Full Definition of descriptive

  1. 1 :  serving to describe <a descriptive account>

  2. 2 a :  referring to, constituting, or grounded in matters of observation or experience <the descriptive basis of science> b :  factually grounded or informative rather than normative, prescriptive, or emotive <descriptive cultural studies>

  3. 3 of a modifier a :  expressing the quality, kind, or condition of what is denoted by the modified term <hot in “hot water” is a descriptive adjective> b :  nonrestrictive

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or dealing with the structure of a language at a particular time usually with exclusion of historical and comparative data <descriptive linguistics>

de·scrip·tive·ly adverb
de·scrip·tive·ness noun

Examples of descriptive

  1. She gave a descriptive account of the journey.

  2. a talent for descriptive writing

  3. a poem full of descriptive detail

  4. The black cat was given the descriptive name Midnight.

  5. The book is a descriptive grammar.



1723

First Known Use of descriptive

1723

Rhymes with descriptive



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