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adjective de·scrip·tive \di-ˈskrip-tiv\

Definition of descriptive

  1. 1 :  presenting observations about the characteristics of someone or something :  serving to describe a descriptive account

  2. 2a :  referring to, constituting, or grounded in matters of observation or experience the descriptive basis of scienceb :  factually grounded or informative rather than normative, prescriptive, or emotive descriptive cultural studies

  3. 3 of a modifier a :  expressing the quality, kind, or condition of what is denoted by the modified term hot in “hot water” is a descriptive adjectiveb :  nonrestrictive

  4. 4 linguistics :  of, relating to, or dealing with the structure of a language at a particular time usually with exclusion of historical and comparative data descriptive linguistics

descriptively

adverb

descriptiveness

noun

Examples of descriptive in a sentence

  1. She gave a descriptive account of the journey.

  2. a talent for descriptive writing

  3. a poem full of descriptive detail

  4. The black cat was given the descriptive name Midnight.

  5. The book is a descriptive grammar.

Origin and Etymology of descriptive

see describe


First Known Use: 1593


DESCRIPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

descriptive

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adjective de·scrip·tive \di-ˈskrip-tiv\

Definition of descriptive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DESCRIPTIVE Defined for Kids

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adjective de·scrip·tive \di-ˈskrip-tiv\

Definition of descriptive for Students

  1. :  giving information about what something is like She wrote a very descriptive letter about her trip.



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