expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive | \ ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce expressive (audio) \

Definition of expressive

1 : of or relating to expression the expressive function of language
2 : serving to express, utter, or represent foul and novel terms expressive of rage— H. G. Wells
3 : effectively conveying meaning or feeling an expressive silence expressive line drawings

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Other Words from expressive

expressively adverb
expressiveness noun

Examples of expressive in a Sentence

the expressive function of language the teacher's expressive sigh showed that she had heard that excuse many times before

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The legend is adapted by Juneau artist Michaela Goade; the artwork is beautiful, the faces on the characters expressive, and the twirls in the sea just reminiscent enough of Van Gogh to show his inspiration without simply duplicating his style. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "These books will keep kids reading this summer - and discovering Alaska in the process," 6 July 2019 This is creative fare in keeping with its artistic theme: vibrant, colorful and expressive. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 The John Ferraro Council Chamber at Los Angeles City Hall is hardly the most artistically expressive of places, but on Tuesday, the room played host to an event that will have real world consequences for generations of music fanatics. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Amoeba Music building set to be replaced — but where’s the store's new location?," 25 June 2019 Snowball, a shih-tzu with fluffy white fur and expressive brown eyes, is represented by five agents. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland celebrity dog Snowball achieves stardom as an actor," 24 June 2019 Soprano Julia Bullock is expressive and touching in triple duty as Destiny, Loneliness and Greta. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 Musical entertainment will be provided by husband and wife duo Judy Handler and Marc Levesque, whose sophisticated and expressive arrangements blend classical, Brazilian, Latin American, klezmer, gypsy, jazz, Celtic and folk music influences. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 13 June 2019 Americans were more open, individualistic, expressive, collaborative, and tolerant, and so more at home in loose coalitions. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 Kerr also illustrated the books, and her pictures, like her language, are more expressive for their simplicity. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Mog the Cat and the Mysteries of Animal Subjectivity," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of expressive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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expressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expressive

: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly
: showing or expressing something
: of or relating to expression

expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive | \ ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce expressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of expressive

1 : showing emotions : full of expression expressive eyes
2 : making something known Her story is expressive of her mood.

Other Words from expressive

expressively adverb

expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive

Legal Definition of expressive

1 : of or relating to expression
2 : serving to express or represent expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment

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expressively adverb
expressiveness noun

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