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

Simple Definition of representative

  • : 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. 1 :  serving to represent

  2. 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. 3 :  serving as a typical or characteristic example <a representative moviegoer>

  4. 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 play \-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.

14th Century

First Known Use of representative

14th century

Rhymes with representative



noun rep·re·sen·ta·tive

Simple Definition of representative

  • : 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. 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. 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


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