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expressive

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adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

Simple Definition of expressive

  • : showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly

  • : showing or expressing something

  • : of or relating to expression

Full Definition of expressive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to expression <the expressive function of language>

  2. 2 :  serving to express, utter, or represent <foul and novel terms expressive of rage — H. G. Wells>

  3. 3 :  effectively conveying meaning or feeling <an expressive silence> <expressive line drawings>

ex·pres·sive·ly adverb
ex·pres·sive·ness noun

Examples of expressive

  1. the expressive function of language

  2. <the teacher's expressive sigh showed that she had heard that excuse many times before>



15th Century

First Known Use of expressive

15th century


EXPRESSIVE Defined for Kids

expressive

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adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

Definition of expressive

  1. 1 :  showing emotions :  full of expression <expressive eyes>

  2. 2 :  making something known <Her story is expressive of her mood.>

ex·pres·sive·ly adverb




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