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

Synonyms & Antonyms for expressive

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • unexpressive
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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
Recent Examples on the Web Hannah Ann seems like a sure thing at this point, given how expressive and open Peter has been about his budding feelings for her. Kelly Schremph, refinery29.com, "Everything We Know About Peter’s Impending Bachelor Finale," 24 Feb. 2020 The overall design is boldly expressive and is literally drop-dead gorgeous from virtually every viewing angle. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Lexus LC 500h: Hybrid Grand Touring Coupe based on the GA-L platform architecture," 13 Dec. 2019 But all of that melts away as Russell's chipper perspective on impending doom lights up with glowing, glossy eyes and a lively, constantly expressive look on his face. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some," 23 Mar. 2020 Yet the themes of authorial, intellectual, and expressive legitimacy that pulse through Losing Ground form their own political statement— reinforced by her decision to focus the film’s story on the daily routine of a middle-class black couple. Yasmina Price, The New York Review of Books, "Kathleen Collins’s Ecstatic Self-Discovery," 29 Feb. 2020 Through their work with Alonso, Verb’s dancers have picked up much of the technical precision, dramatic acting and expressive pantomime that make Cuban ballet unique in the world. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Verb Ballets tightening international ties with shared ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Cuba," 20 Feb. 2020 Eliza Zeitlin’s production design and Stacy Jansen’s costumes are highly original and expressive of the largely untamed characters who wear them. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wendy': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 The first two concertos, premiered only four years after Mozart’s death, stretch the musical and expressive language of classicism. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Five pianists, Fort Worth Symphony perform all five Beethoven piano concertos," 5 Jan. 2020 Before taking the Concertgebouw post, Mr. Jansons was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004, delivering performances that were technically brilliant and notably expressive. BostonGlobe.com, "Before taking the Concertgebouw post, Mr. Jansons was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004, delivering performances that were technically brilliant and notably expressive.," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of expressive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expressive. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for expressive

expressive

adjective
How to pronounce expressive (audio)

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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