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illustrative

illustrative

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

: used to illustrate or explain something

: serving as an example of something

Full Definition of ILLUSTRATIVE

:  serving, tending, or designed to illustrate <illustrative examples> <art that is illustrative of provincial life>
il·lus·tra·tive·ly adverb

Examples of ILLUSTRATIVE

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

First Known Use of ILLUSTRATIVE

1643

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