Definition of descriptive
- a descriptive account
- the descriptive basis of science
- hot in "hot water" is a descriptive adjective
- descriptive linguistics
She gave a descriptive account of the journey.
a talent for descriptive writing
a poem full of descriptive detail
The black cat was given the descriptive name “Midnight.”
The book is a descriptive grammar.
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: giving information about how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : using words to describe what something or someone is like
: providing facts about how a language is actually used rather than rules that tell people how it should be used
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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