expressive

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adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

Definition of expressive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to expression the expressive function of language

  2. 2 :  serving to express, utter, or represent foul and novel terms expressive of rage — H. G. Wells

  3. 3 :  effectively conveying meaning or feeling an expressive silence expressive line drawings

expressively

adverb

expressiveness

noun

Examples of expressive in a Sentence

  1. the expressive function of language

  2. the teacher's expressive sigh showed that she had heard that excuse many times before

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First Known Use of expressive

15th century


EXPRESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

expressive

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Definition of expressive for English Language Learners

  • : showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly

  • : showing or expressing something

  • : of or relating to expression


EXPRESSIVE Defined for Kids

expressive

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adjective ex·pres·sive \ik-ˈspre-siv\

Definition of expressive for Students

  1. 1 :  showing emotions :  full of expression expressive eyes

  2. 2 :  making something known Her story is expressive of her mood.

expressively

adverb

Law Dictionary

expressive

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Legal Definition of expressive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to expression

  2. 2 :  serving to express or represent expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment

expressively

adverb

expressiveness

noun


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