es·​pres·​si·​vo | \ ˌeˌspreˈsē(ˌ)vō, ˌesprəˈ- \

Definition of espressivo

: expressive, expressively used as a direction in music

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History and Etymology for espressivo

Italian, from espresso declared, evident, pressed out (from espresso —past participle of esprimere to express, declare, press out—from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere to express) + Italian -ivo (from Latin -ivus -ive) (adjective)

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“Espressivo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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