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adjective il·lus·tra·tive \i-ˈləs-trə-tiv also ˈi-lə-ˌstrā-\

Simple Definition of illustrative

  • : used to illustrate or explain something

  • : serving as an example of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of illustrative

  1. :  serving, tending, or designed to illustrate <illustrative examples> <art that is illustrative of provincial life>

illustratively

adverb

Examples of illustrative in a sentence

  1. <an illustrative analogy in which the relationship between God and humanity is likened to that between a shepherd and his flock>



1643

First Known Use of illustrative

1643


ILLUSTRATIVE Defined for Kids

illustrative

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adjective il·lus·tra·tive \i-ˈlə-strə-tiv\

Definition of illustrative for Students

  1. :  serving as an example <an illustrative story>





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