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1representative

adjective rep·re·sen·ta·tive \ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv\

: typical of a particular group of people or of a particular thing

: including examples of the different types of people or things in a group

: having people who are chosen in elections to act or speak for or in support of the people who voted for them

Full Definition of REPRESENTATIVE

1
:  serving to represent
2
a :  standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
b :  of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
3
:  serving as a typical or characteristic example <a representative moviegoer>
4
:  of or relating to representation or representationalism
rep·re·sen·ta·tive·ly adverb
rep·re·sen·ta·tive·ness noun
rep·re·sen·ta·tiv·i·ty \-ˌzen-tə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of REPRESENTATIVE

  1. The paintings are representative of English art in the early 19th century.
  2. The students chosen for the survey are a fairly representative sample of college students from across the U.S.

First Known Use of REPRESENTATIVE

14th century

Rhymes with REPRESENTATIVE

2representative

noun

: someone who acts or speaks for or in support of another person or group

: a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or of a state government

: a person or thing that is typical of a group

Full Definition of REPRESENTATIVE

1
:  one that represents another or others: as
a (1) :  one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body
(2) :  a member of the house of representatives of the United States Congress or a state legislature
b :  one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal
c :  one that represents a business organization
d :  one that represents another as successor or heir
2
:  a typical example of a group, class, or quality :  specimen

Examples of REPRESENTATIVE

  1. Do you know who your representatives are?
  2. The bill was introduced by Representative Smith.
  3. a representative of her age group

First Known Use of REPRESENTATIVE

1635

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REPRESENTATIVENESS Defined for Kids

1representative

adjective rep·re·sen·ta·tive \ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv\

Definition of REPRESENTATIVE for Kids

1
:  serving to portray <The painting is representative of a battle.>
2
:  carried on by people elected to act for others <a representative government>
3
:  being a typical example of the thing mentioned <This song is representative of the blues.>

2representative

noun

Definition of REPRESENTATIVE for Kids

1
:  a typical example (as of a group or class)
2
:  a person who acts for others (as in a legislature and especially in the House of Representatives of the United States or of a state)

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