adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly

: showing or expressing something

: of or relating to expression

Full Definition of EXPRESSIVE

:  of or relating to expression <the expressive function of language>
:  serving to express, utter, or represent <foul and novel terms expressive of rage — H. G. Wells>
:  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>

First Known Use of EXPRESSIVE

15th century
EXPRESSIVELY Defined for Kids


adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

Definition of EXPRESSIVE for Kids

:  showing emotions :  full of expression <expressive eyes>
:  making something known <Her story is expressive of her mood.>
ex·pres·sive·ly adverb


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